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.

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.  

Phonemic Awareness as a Predictor of Reading Success

Feb 7, 2017 by Kimberly Vasconcelos, MA, CCC-SLP
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phonemic awarenessPhonemic awareness: it's not innate to humans. It must be taught. Learn the 5 levels...And beware if reading instruction is bypassing weaknesses in any one of these!

Underperforming Student Success Strategies

Nov 15, 2016 by Eric Jensen, Ph.D.
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eric-jensenWhen students come to school every day, here's their question to teachers: are you on my side or not? Are you a friend or a foe? Are you an ally or adversary?  See what practical classroom activities Dr. Eric Jensen recommends to build relationships and get results with your students -- you'll see their progress skyrocket. 

Risks of Not Identifying Dyslexia

Oct 25, 2016 by Joanne Gouaux
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identifying dyslexiaSome are resistant to seek a diagnosis for a student or child's learning issue, worrying that a "label" may do more harm than good. But there are risks with not identifying issues as well.  Read on for pros and cons on the topic, from a mother who has weighed all options. 

#SayDyslexia

Oct 11, 2016 by Joanne Gouaux
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say dyslexiaBefore just a few years ago, hardly anyone ever used the word "dyslexia" at a school site. For Dyslexia Awareness Month, we've invited a guest blogger, Joanne Gouaux, mother of a bright 10-year old boy with dyslexia, to share her thoughts on why it's so important to #saydyslexia.  

4 Ways to Counteract the Effects of Stress on the Brain

Aug 16, 2016 by Martha Burns, Ph.D
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stressBack-to-school can be a stressful time for parents, educators and students alike. But is there "good" stress and "bad" stress?  Find out 4 ways to counteract the effects of stress on learning for any at-risk learner who needs help this year. 

Watch From Anywhere: Summer Professional Development

Jul 12, 2016 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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Professional Development webinarsMake the most of summer by watching some of our most popular webinars to date on topics such as poverty, auditory processing, dyslexia and more. These can be viewed from anywhere so pull out your laptop, tablet or smartphone.  Enjoy!

How to Improve Auditory Processing Speed Using Fast ForWord

Jun 28, 2016 by Ann Osterling, MA CCC-SLP
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Sky GymIn this post, a veteran Fast ForWord provider explains how the exercises in Fast ForWord work to improve auditory processing speed -- plus, she offers advice on what to do when your child, student or client begins to struggle on the most challenging exercises: Sky Gym and Jumper Gym.  If you have experience with successful strategies too, share in the comments! 

3 New Research Findings on Fast ForWord

May 17, 2016 by Kristina Birdsong
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Fast ForWord ResearchFast ForWord is one of the most researched reading interventions ever created, but what are researchers saying about it lately?  Here are three takeaways (translated from neuroscience-speak into terms you can understand) that have practical application for those interested in improving skills for those with dyslexia, auditory processing, language and reading issues. 

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