The Science of Learning Blog

August 15, 2019

"My Life Is Forever Changed"

BY Amy Takabori

A Note from a Fast ForWord Graduate

We love when this happens.

The other week, we received a lovely email from a Fast ForWord alum. A young woman named Rachel W. told us, "I know my life has been forever changed by this wonderful company."

"My life has been forever changed"

Read her full letter below!

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Rachel. We are honored to be part of it. Best of luck completing your Master’s degree in social work, and we hope you stay in touch!


July 3, 2019

Hello Richard Cheng,

My name is Rachel W. and I am writing to you today to thank Scientific Learning for existing. You have no idea how many lives have been changed by Scientific Learning. I know my life has been forever changed by this wonderful company. I say this with confidence because I know I would not be where I am today without it or without the support from my speech and language pathologist.

A little bit about me and my background: At the age of 8 I was diagnosed with Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD). I was not socially or cognitively functioning at the appropriate age level. I could not understand what people around me were saying. I had a very difficult time following directions as well as staying engaged in school and in social settings. I was struggling to keep up with my peers academically, cognitively, and socially.

After I was officially diagnosed, my parents took me to see a speech and language pathologist where my life was transformed. She bought/downloaded Fast ForWard and challenged me to never give up on the program (even when it got challenging and frustrating for me). The games and levels I completed developed new pathways in my brain which allowed me to eventually function at the appropriate age level. It helped me develop friendships with my peers, interact with my family better, and deepen my understanding of what I was learning in school. My academic performance improved significantly as well as every other aspect of my life.

"My academic performance improved"

Without Scientific Learning, Fast ForWord, my amazing speech and language pathologist and my supportive family, I would not be where I am today. Today, I am 26 years old and functioning well in the adult world (even with CAPD). I graduated with honors from Illinois State University in 2016, and am currently working on my Master in Social Work. I hope to one day help individuals from all walks of lives find hope in their daily struggles--similarly to how Fast Forward helped me. Fast ForWord gave me hope and the confidence to face any challenge that came my way (which is so important and amazing for a young child to develop and have as they go through life).

I'm not sure who I should be writing to about this, but I wanted to let someone know my story and how important this company is. I don't know where I would be without this company. I saw your name on the website first and thought I would let you know my story. If there is an official place I can send my appreciation to, please let me know and I will gladly do it.

With warm regards and endless thanks,
Rachel W.

If you want to share your story with us, we’d love to hear it! You can email us at [email protected] or DM us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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