This post is the sixth in a series aimed at sharing the success stories, both personal and professional, that Scientific Learning employees witness every day.
"I was a Fast ForWord coach before I came to work for Scientific Learning and I absolutely loved the program, which is one of the reasons that I came to work here.
I have one story about a young man who was in first grade and was struggling a little bit with reading. He was about sixth months behind by the time he got through first grade and his mom recognized that immediately. She had always read to him, but there was just something he was missing and she couldn’t figure it out.
She came and talked to me one day and asked about the Fast ForWord program. We had just started working with the kids at school and I said, 'Put him in. We’ll see how he does.' He finished Fast ForWord Languageand when back to the regular classroom, within two months he tested again with a reading test in his classroom and he was up to grade level, which was excellent. We were so excited and he was excited because school was easier.
The next year when he came back, he was a second grader. His mom said, 'I want him to do Fast ForWord again because I want him to stay with the rest of the class or even go a little bit above it.' He worked really hard, got through another two programs, finished for that year and the next year when he came back in for third grade, he tested into the gifted class.
Now this young man is a fifth grader and he’s been in the accelerated reading class ever since."