Why I've Supported Fast ForWord for 20+ Years

Nov 1, 2017 by Eric Jensen, Ph.D.
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Eric JensenWhen students read poorly, they often generalize it to other subjects (“Maybe I am just dumb”) and most things in school can become overwhelming. That’s painful to watch. How would you like to have joyful, confident readers? How would you like this for free - zilch, nada, zippo? 

Too Many Kids with Dyslexia Are Left Behind: Here's Why

Oct 11, 2017 by Joanne Gouaux
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dyslexia-awarenessEverything necessary to provide learners with dyslexia with an appropriate education is available now, and has been for decades. Even so, too many kids are being left behind. October is dyslexia awareness month, but awareness isn't enough. Why is it taking so long for evidence-based action?  

Fidget Spinners: Helpful for Attention or Not?

Sep 7, 2017 by Dylan Hendricks
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fidget spinnersFidget spinners are a consistent presence both on best-selling toy lists and in classrooms all over the country. But do these toys actually help children and adults pay attention longer, or are they just another trendy distraction? Continue reading to find out!

Why Silent Reading Doesn’t Work for Struggling Readers

Aug 9, 2017 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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Guided oral readingConsider what's happening during silent reading time in your classroom, when readers below-grade-level are silently looking at a book. They may appear to be benefiting from this, but the National Reading Panel's research shows otherwise. If silent reading doesn't work, what does? Check out the 5 recommendations here.

Our Top 5 Most Popular Webinars: Watch Now!

Jul 26, 2017 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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Summer PD webinars watch nowMake the most of summer by watching our 5 most popular webinars from the last year. Recorded webinars can be viewed from anywhere so pull out your computer, your tablet, or your smartphone and start your summer learning. Enjoy!

Listen Up! 5 Tips to Improve Students' Attention Span

May 2, 2017 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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paying attentionDid you know that goldfish now have a longer attention span than the average human? Distractions don't stay at home. Many follow students into the classroom. Continue reading to receive five tips for ways you can improve students' attention span. 

Just the Beginning: How Fast ForWord Helped Monicia's Son with Autism

Apr 18, 2017 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP
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Monicia autismMeet Monicia, a parent whose vulnerability, strength, and optimism are contagious. No matter what the "experts" tell her, Monicia stays focused on helping her son with autism. After only 5 weeks of using the Fast ForWord intervention, Monicia is amazed. You might be surprised why.

3 Ways Poverty Impacts Children Learning to Read

Apr 4, 2017 by Kimberly Vasconcelos, MA, CCC-SLP
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poverty impacts childrenResearch shows that children who come from homes in poverty often struggle to learn to read. But there is hope. In this blog, you'll learn about the three primary factors that impact children from homes of poverty and how educators can positively influence reading and learning skills by understanding how students' brains function.

What Weak Cognitive Skills Look Like in the Classroom

Mar 21, 2017 by Linda Gajowski, M.Ed., MS
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weak cognitive skillsThe idea that cognitive skills can be improved — and that IQ is not fixed — is a relatively new concept in education. Here’s a breakdown of the four main cognitive skills you’ll see in students, and how to improve them.  

Impaired Auditory Processing in Children from Low-Income Homes

Mar 7, 2017 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP
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sound-povertyThe "30-million word gap" has received a great deal of well-deserved attention. But, focusing on vocabulary only is missing the point. The problem begins way earlier than previously thought and has serious implications for reversing the seemingly intractable achievement gap.   

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