A Rewarding Journey: Summer Learning with Auditory Processing Disorder

May 16, 2017 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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Auditory Processing DisorderWhen Manuel and Carol's twin boys were diagnosed with central auditory processing disorder, they began a journey to help their sons that led them to Fast ForWord. Now 18, the twins are preparing to graduate from high school. Read this compelling interview to learn more about one family's rewarding journey with Fast ForWord.

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.   

5 Ways to Boost Parental Involvement at Low-Income Schools

Feb 21, 2017 by Leslie Ferguson, MA, MFA
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low income parentsFirst things first: leave stereotypes behind. Read on for tips to engage your students' parents more effectively. 

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!

4 Education Trends in 2017

Jan 24, 2017 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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2017 education trendsReady or not - here we go. It's 2017 and the old adage "change is the only constant" is taking on a whole new meaning in education! Tell us what YOU think -- how will this year play out in our public and private school systems?  Whatever happens, it's certainly not going to be boring. 

Cursive Becoming Obsolete?

Dec 13, 2016 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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CursiveCursive becoming obsolete?  How can that be?  Take a look at some of the latest research on cursive and its importance in the classroom.

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