Speech Pathology Associates

Fast ForWord

Neuroscience research has proven that issues in language, memory and/or auditory processing can have adverse repercussions on an individual's cognitive skills and academic performance. But now an exciting and effective group of products called Fast ForWord® is actively helping individuals improve their quality of life by strengthening and enhancing their language and auditory processing.

Fast ForWord® reading intervention products from Scientific Learning build a wide range of critical cognitive and foundational reading skills in just a few short weeks. Working with Fast ForWord software produces a positive and lasting effect on a student's ability to learn and read proficiently. More than 570,000 students in over 3,700 schools nationwide have benefited from Fast ForWord products.

The Fast ForWord products can be provided in your office or off-site (remotely). Outcomes are the same whether children work on the Fast ForWord product in your office or off-site. With the flexibility of off-site use, you can serve more children at all times of the year.

The Fast ForWord™ Series

Fast ForWord Language Basics--Develops early learning skills in young children.

Fast ForWord Language Basics software is a series of computer-delivered exercises for young children, four to six years old, that uses fun activities to develop the basic skills necessary for language and reading development.

Fast ForWord Language Basics consists of three exercises that develop visual attention and auditory discrimination skills as well as sustained auditory attention. Through the use of our patented technology this program improves:

  • Sound sequencing skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Pattern recognition
  • Color/Shape identification

As a precursor to our Fast ForWord Language product it also enhances a young student's ability to become familiar with computer skills and techniques.

Fast ForWord Language Basics software:

  • Improves memory by having the student hold a pair of sounds or a sequence of sounds in working memory while comparing them and/or identifying their order.
  • Improves precise visual attention and sustained visual/auditory attention by developing their ability to focus attention, ignore distractions, and respond quickly when a stimulus changes.
  • Strengthens visual processing skills for matching shapes and sensory-motor integration for using the mouse to position shapes.
  • Develops sequencing skills through exercises that require identifying and reproducing the order of a two-sound sequence.

Fast ForWord Language--A life-changing intervention for struggling readers in an age appropriate context.

Fast ForWord Language software is a series of computer-delivered exercises for students who are struggling with reading and need to develop the cognitive skills necessary for successful reading and learning. Studies have shown that these exercises can quickly move students toward grade level in the skills essential to learning to read, helping them achieve gains in as little as 4 - 12 weeks.

Fast ForWord Language software:

  • Improves memory by having the student hold a statement or question in working memory while retrieving picture-concept associations from long-term memory.
  • Improves attention by developing the ability to focus on tasks and ignore distractions.
  • Strengthens processing skills so that students can see images and distinguish sounds quickly enough to discriminate their difference.
  • Develops sequencing skills through exercises that require the use of word order to comprehend sentences and help identify missing parts.

What to Expect From Fast ForWord Language (PDF)

Fast ForWord Middle & High School--Rapidly reinforcing the cognitive skills critical to older students for successful reading and learning.

Fast ForWord Middle & High School software is a series of computer-delivered exercises for any middle or high school student needing help to reinforce and upgrade the cognitive skills critical for fluent reading and successful learning. Studies have shown that these exercises can quickly move students toward grade level in the skills essential to reading, helping them achieve gains in as little as 4 - 12 weeks.

Fast ForWord Middle & High School software:

  • Improves working and long-term memory through exercises that require holding a word or statement in working memory while retrieving picture-concept associations from long-term memory.
  • Improves students ability to focus their attention on tasks at hand and ignore distractions.
  • Strengthens the students processing skills so they are able to see images and distinguish sounds quickly enough to discriminate their differences.
  • Develops sequencing skills through exercises that require the use of word order to comprehend complex statements and instructions.

What to Expect From Fast ForWord Middle & High School (PDF)

Fast ForWord Language to Reading--Developing the link between spoken and written language.

Fast ForWord Language to Reading software is a series of computer-delivered exercises for students who are struggling with reading and need to develop the cognitive skills necessary to become better readers. Studies have shown that these exercises can quickly move students toward grade level in the skills essential to reading, helping them achieve gains in as little as 4 - 12 weeks.

Fast ForWord Language to Reading software:

  • Builds memory skills through exercises that task both working and long-term memory.
  • Improves a students concentration and ability to focus their attention on the tasks before them and ignore distractions.
  • Develops auditory, visual and linguistic processing of orally presented words, sentences and stories for meaning and comprehension.
  • Develops sequencing skills (a cognitive skill that relies on memory, attention and processing) through exercises that require utilization of word order to comprehend complex statements, multi-step instructions and respond following a specified sequence of actions.

What to Expect From Fast ForWord Language to Reading (PDF)

Fast ForWord to Reading Series--Developing the cognitive skills to reach grade level standards and beyond.

Fast ForWord to ReadingFast ForWord to Reading software is a suite of products that marries cognitive skill development to reading skill development through computer delivered exercises that strengthen the cognitive processes in the context of reading skills validated by the National Reading Panel and the Reading First mandate.

Fast ForWord to Reading software:

  • Strengthens working, short-term and long-term memory, essential for word recognition, comprehension of complex sentences, and remembering instructions.
  • Improves student concentration and attention so they can focus on tasks and ignore distractions.
  • Strengthens processing skills so that students see images and distinguish sounds quickly enough to discriminate their differences, essential for phonemic awareness and reading fluency.
  • Improves sequencing, a cognitive skill that relies on memory, attention, and processing and is essential for phonics, word fluency, reading and oral comprehension.

Fast ForWord to Reading series skills matrix (PDF)

Why does the Fast ForWord™ Series work?

Most children naturally acquire language during the first few years of life but research has demonstrated that a significant number of children fail to develop these skills on their own. About 10% of all children have a specific difficulty making reliable distinctions among elements of speech. Every child needs to acquire the ability to reliably distinguish the rapidly changing phonetic elements of speech. Fast ForWord Language™ is the first proven method to teach this skill to children who do not learn it naturally and Fast ForWord Middle & High School™ works for adolescents and adults.

The Fast ForWord Language to Reading™ program builds upon the skills learned in Fast ForWord Language™ and targets skills required for reading. It refines the skills perfected by Fast ForWord Language™ and improves phonological awareness, sound letter correspondence, word recognition, listening comprehension, verbal fluency, and reading fluency. Additionally, the program is used for the enhancement of spelling, reading, and comprehension. Fast ForWord Language to Reading™ not only expands the language and cognitive skills, but also introduces new skills, by building on the acquired processed speech skills.

What does the Fast ForWord™ Series involve?

Fast ForWord Language™ involves an initial evaluation, extensive training sessions lasting one hour and 45 minutes daily (five days per week) for an average of 6-8 weeks, and a post evaluation. The interactive program (in the form of computer games) is uniquely adaptive and automatically adjusts to each child's improving level of competence. The child must be able to stay focused on the computer for 20 minute segments, and must be able to tolerate the use of headphones during treatment. All training will be performed as a Home Program. All training sessions are monitored and the Certified Practitioner will review the daily performance activities.

The Fast ForWord Middle & High School™ program involves an initial evaluation, an average of 4-6 week training sessions, and a post evaluation. The training includes exercises in listening and reading comprehension, working memory, syntax and grammar, critical thinking, sustained and focused attention, organizational skills, and vocabulary and morphology, Like Fast ForWord Language™, this program is uniquely adaptive and automatically adjusts to each person's improving level of competence. The participant must be able to sit, attend, and focus on a computer task for a minimum of 45 to 90 minutes. They must also be able to tolerate the use of headphones during treatment. This program will be done in your home.

The Fast ForWord Language to Reading™ protocol offers 5 training exercises with multiple training components within each exercise. All 5 exercises are used daily, with variable times for each (10 to 30 minutes per exercise), based on the child's performance. This program can be done in your home.

Virtually everyone that uses these programs, within the rigorous and compliant regimen outlined, will receive measurable benefits.

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