Problems with the Human “Letter Box”: A Component of Dyslexia

Oct 6, 2015 by Martha Burns, Ph.D

It is Dyslexia Awareness Month!dyslexia Have you wondered if dyslexia is a visual or auditory issue? Turns out it's a bit of both.  Dr. Martha Burns explains the latest research on causes of dyslexia and what interventions can help.  

Executive Function - The Foundation for School Readiness

Sep 29, 2015 by Grace Wardhana

What is executive function?  What skills does it include?executive function skills  Learn more from Grace Wardhana, our guest blog author, as she explains executive function skills and why they are important in your younger learners.  She also describes some interventions that you can use with your learners to help them build these critical skills.

13 Questions About The Build English Fast Solution

Sep 15, 2015 by Carrie Gajowski

As you return to school this fall, do you have an increasing number of English language learners (ELL) in your class, school or district?ELLs and Fast ForWord  During our recent webinar, "Build the ELL Brain", Dr. Martha Burns discusses how the ELL brain develops and what interventions can help with English language development.  Take a look at the questions that Dr. Burns fielded at the end of the webinar and see if you can pinpoint students that you can help this year!

10 Tips for a Great Parent-Teacher Connection This Year

Sep 1, 2015 by Lynn Gover

Are you about to meet your child's teacher for the first time?Parent Teacher Conference Do you have a Parent-Teacher conference coming up? Here is a checklist of tips to help you stay in communication with your child's teacher for the upcoming school year.  Use these ideas to get the year started on a good foot.

Brain Science and Reading Instruction

Aug 14, 2015 by Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D. and Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.

What are the major advances in effective reading instruction?Reading Achievement How can we use our understanding of how the brain works to help us conceptualize, implement, and monitor reading instruction?

New Research Shows How to Minimize Side Effects of Chemo

Aug 4, 2015 by Martha Burns, Ph.D

What effects does chemotherapy have on learning, memory and attention?  Childhood cancer cure rates are higher than ever but what impact does chemotherapy have on student achievement? Chemotherapy and Fast ForWordFind out more about how you can help children who have undergone chemotherapy treatments and are struggling in school.  

Best of 2015 Webinars

Jul 21, 2015 by Carrie Gajowski

Summer is the perfect time for teachers to grab a little rest and relaxation summer webinarsbefore the excitement of the new school year. We hope you're taking some time to lounge by the pool! And while you're there, you can fit in some quick professional development time in just 45 minutes that can greatly impact your teaching next year. Sit back, relax, and watch a webinar (or two) to keep on top of your game over summer break. 

Path Out of Poverty? Education Plus Neuroscience

Jul 14, 2015 by Martha Burns, Ph.D

Research has indicated children who are raised in poverty are at a possible disadvantage for academic success.  How can this cycle be broken?  poverty neuroscienceRead more from Dr. Martha Burns on how poverty can affect cognitive functions and what solutions are available to help mitigate its long term effects.

Let Them Play! The Best Medicine for Summer Learning

Jun 30, 2015 by Kristina Collins

importance of playWhat are your kids doing for summer vacation?  Are you attempting to find several activities for them to do?  Recent research indicates that unstructured play might be just the thing to help your kids this summer to build essential skills that they will need in the classroom when they return to school in the fall. So read more to learn about unstructured play and why it might be just as important as swimming lessons for your kids this summer.

Carter’s Story: Diagnosing and Treating Dyslexia

Jun 16, 2015 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP

Carter dyslexiaMeet Carter, a 4th grader from Northern California. He has dyslexia, and without that diagnosis and the help of the Fast ForWord program, says his mom, he would not be where he is today – in fourth grade with his peers.