Fast ForWord Reading Readiness builds pre-reading skills, with a focus on letter recognition and naming, phonological awareness, and letter-sound associations.

Fast ForWord Reading Readiness software is designed for early literacy development, helping students who are having trouble moving from the spoken word to the written word.

To build a bridge to reading, Fast ForWord Reading Readiness develops critical brain processing efficiency in four key areas:

  • Builds memory by developing the ability to hold a spoken word in working memory while retrieving picture-concept associations.
  • Improves attention by developing the ability to focus on tasks and ignore distractions.
  • Develops processing of images and sounds quickly enough to discriminate between their differences.
  • Develops sequencing by using positional clues to identify missing letters.

Fast ForWord Reading Readiness software works by exercising the brain to process more efficiently, the way physical workouts train the body to be more fit and strong.

Four key components of our technology-based intervention work together to create the dramatic changes in brain function required to achieve universal literacy:

  • Frequency and Intensity—Neuroscience research demonstrates that completing a set of learning tasks in a frequent, intense timeframe accelerates learning.
  • Adaptivity—Exercises adapt with each key stroke to individual skill levels and responses, keeping students continuously challenged but not frustrated.
  • Simultaneous Development—Exercises develop major cognitive and reading skills simultaneously to produce lasting improvements in learning.
  • Timely Motivation—Tiered rewards are designed to maximize motivation from start to finish.

Students can double their expected reading gains using one of our prescribed protocols:

  • Three days per week for 30 or 50 minutes.
  • Five days per week for 30, 40, 50, or 90 minutes.

Easy-to-Use Reports and Indicators

MySciLEARN™ reports for Fast ForWord enable educators to monitor student performance at the individual, classroom/group, school, and district level.

Educators get clear, daily, action-oriented information showing student progress over time in reading and cognitive skills areas, as well as gains reports that correlate to nationally recognized normed assessments. It’s one of the reasons why our learning acceleration programs have been so successful in helping schools and districts meet state and federal mandates.

Implementation Report

Group Implementation Success Report

Gain Report

District Gains Report

Success Forecast

The Success Forecast allows you to explore the potential effects that the Fast ForWord program can have on your district's reading proficiency levels in as little as one year. Build a plan for your district based on your reading gain achievements and real-world data from thousands of Fast ForWord participants from your state and across the nation.

Success Forecast Report

What is Fast ForWord Reading Readiness software?

Fast ForWord Reading Readiness software is a reading intervention solution that increases processing efficiency and builds critical reading skills so districts get the most from their existing instructional approach.

Who should use Fast ForWord Reading Readiness software?

Fast ForWord Reading Readiness software is for K-12 education institutions and clinical specialists worldwide whose students are reading below grade level.

What are the Fast ForWord Reading Readiness exercises like?

  • Coaster: A haunted coaster ride, this exercise helps students develop letter-sound association skills and builds an initial understanding of the alphabetic principle.
  • Houndini: Works his magic cards to show students how to associate letters with sounds to develop phonological awareness skills, including phoneme analysis and phonological working memory.
  • Hungry Tummy: Engages students to feed the hungry bear and follow verbal instructions. It improves verbal decoding and working memory skills.

 

What kind of results can students achieve with Fast ForWord software?

Learners can realize achievement gains of 1-2 years in as little as 8-12 weeks and maintain an accelerated rate of learning even after the programs end. Longitudinal research shows that the increase in the rate of learning is permanent over time, closing the achievement gap.

In addition, students often exhibit enhanced self-confidence, better communication, greater interest in learning, and improved mental agility and alertness, after working on Fast ForWord products.

How do I know Fast ForWord Reading Readiness software is working?

Scientific Learning Progress Tracker, an accountability tool, provides real-time monitoring of individual and group performance on the Fast ForWord exercises.

Teachers can receive automatic emailed reports with specific recommendations for instructional intervention. Administrator reports provide disaggregated data for groups of students, making it easy to monitor progress toward AYP goals.

Why does Fast ForWord Reading Readiness software work?

Just as physical exercise increases muscle strength and efficiency, Fast ForWord Reading Readiness software exercises the brain, increasing its ability to learn better and faster. Each of the brain fitness exercises targets and develops the processing efficiency needed for successful reading and learning.

How does Fast ForWord Reading Readiness software work?

Fast ForWord Reading Readiness software uses proven brain science principles to develop essential learning skills in the four key areas of memory, attention, processing rate, and sequencing. These are the underlying skills required for reading and learning.

The learning principles behind the exercises—frequency and intensity, adaptivity, simultaneous development, and timely motivation—are maximized by state of the art technology that is based on more than 30 years of research on how the brain learns.

  • Frequency and Intensity—Research demonstrates that completing a set of learning tasks in a frequent, intensive timeframe accelerates learning.
  • Adaptivity—Exercises adapt with each key stroke to individual skill levels and responses, keeping students continuously challenged but not frustrated.
  • Simultaneous Development—Exercises develop major cognitive and reading skills simultaneously to produce lasting improvements in learning.
  • Timely Motivation—Tiered rewards are designed to maximize motivation from start to finish.

What are the Technical Requirements for running the software?

View the Technical Specifications page. 

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