Fidget Spinners: Helpful for Attention or Not?

Sep 7, 2017 by Dylan Hendricks

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!

We Asked the Fast ForWord Experts About Back to School

Aug 23, 2017 by Carrie Gajowski, MA

Fast ForWord creative ideasWe asked our implementation experts (also known as Professional Development Managers) about what they see in classrooms across the country, how you all are motivating your kiddos, and their top piece of advice for you this year. I was most excited about the story at the end! 

Why Silent Reading Doesn’t Work for Struggling Readers

Aug 9, 2017 by Carrie Gajowski, MA

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

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!

Meet Liza: A Clinician Determined to Help Students with Autism

Jul 12, 2017 by Carrie Gajowski, MA

Clinician talks about Fast ForWord reviews and autismLiza Herrera is a speech-language assistant and part owner of Wings Speech & Language Center, where more than 350 children with autism receive personalized services for a wide range of skills. One of the most powerful, life-changing interventions for these children is Fast ForWord. Why does Liza support Fast ForWord? Read to find out. 

Implicit vs. Explicit Instruction: Which is Better for Word Learning?

Jun 28, 2017 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP

word learningDo students learn better when instructors clearly outline learning goals (explicit instruction), or when students explore concepts independently (implicit instruction)?

Why Prosody Matters: The Importance of Reading Aloud with Expression

Jun 13, 2017 by Logan De Ley

Reading prosodyReading aloud isn’t just for beginning readers.  Expressive oral reading is a foundational reading skill that all students should be developing between first and fifth grade.  Find out why.  

5 Tips for Parents of Struggling Readers [Summer Edition!]

May 30, 2017 by Carrie Gajowski, MA

 

summer learningIt has many names: "the summer slide" or "the summer brain drain." But no matter what you call it, summer learning loss is a major issue. In this blog, you'll get 5 tips for how to help your struggling reader actually make learning gains over the summer. Check it out! 

A Rewarding Journey: Summer Learning with Auditory Processing Disorder

May 16, 2017 by Carrie Gajowski, MA

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

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. 

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