Why use Fast ForWord? Because it’s the only intervention that directly targets the underlying processing and language issues holding many learners back. Fast ForWord:
- Starts by treating a learner’s core underlying weaknesses, not just the symptoms
- Is the only intervention substantiated by research at MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Cornell, Rutgers and other respected research institutions
- With over 55 patents in neuroscience and education and 250+ research studies, Fast ForWord® can deliver dramatic results for even the most struggling of readers, up to 2 years’ gain in months
FAST Power Learning™ Formula
Fast ForWord uses the principles of neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to rewire and improve – to make lasting foundational changes in the brain. This is the FAST Power Learning Formula:
Frequency and intensity
Brain plasticity research demonstrates that the most efficient way to drive brain change is to learn tasks in a frequent, intense timeframe.
Fast ForWord is structured so that participants are challenged again and again – with significantly more learning trials than other products, and many more than could be delivered by a teacher, parent or clinical professional.
Our patented software uses “Automated Intelligent Agents”, which make sure each trial adjusts to each learner, keeping participants successful 80% of the time. This is the scientifically-validated level of challenge/success that motivates brain change. Each learner’s progress data is then compared against a large set of prior Fast ForWord participants. If the learner is not progressing as would be expected, our MySciLEARN Reports provide a “smart alert” to the Fast ForWord Private Provider.
Each exercise focuses on a specific set of reading or language tasks while simultaneously developing memory, attention, processing speed and sequencing. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, with cognitive and literacy skills working synergistically to build greater learning capacity.
The exercises are uniquely designed to provide positive feedback with optimal timing (on the order of 10s of milliseconds). This neural activity combined with reward produces lasting synaptic change and sustained motivation.
Research and Results
Fast ForWord has been shown to help with:
- Auditory Processing Disorders
- Reading Difficulties
- Language Difficulties/Delays
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Executive Function
- English Language Development
Auditory Processing Disorder
Auditory processing disorder symptoms include difficulty following directions, inattentiveness, and learning or reading difficulties. Fast ForWord software targets these areas directly with exercises that address processing speed and accuracy, memory and sustained attention -- and then reading skills as needed.
Slow or labored reading? Poor reading comprehension? Reading resistance? Fast ForWord targets the underlying causes of reading difficulty, and then fills in individual reading skill gaps.
For younger readers our goal is a strong foundation, working up to fluent reading. For older students and adults, we build reading speed and comprehension along with metacognition, the ability to understand and think critically while reading.
Language Difficulties or Delays
If your child is five years of age or older and has weak receptive (listening) or expressive (vocabulary, speech language structure, articulation) skills, Fast ForWord can help. It is important to address the underlying causes of language difficulties early, as weaknesses in language almost always carry over into reading problems later.
Almost all dyslexia is caused by an underlying language, memory or processing difficulty. Our primary program, Fast ForWord, used by learning professionals worldwide, works directly on remediating the underlying foundational difficulties.
Many focus issues are caused by inefficient processing that is at best, exhausting, and at worst, an impediment to accurate listening and reading. Our programs build processing skills to improve attention.
Autism or Asperger Syndrome
The Fast ForWord program is one of the fastest growing treatments for Asperger's and autism in North America today. Its adaptive technology allows students to progress at their own pace with the intensity required to rewire learning.
Executive functions are higher level thinking and planning skills that are often delayed in students with processing deficits. Our program helps automate fundamental processing and memory skills, to free up capacity for higher level skill development. It also exercises the sequencing, working memory and processing skills integral to executive functioning.
Research and Results
Fast ForWord stands alone in its research foundation and results. See a sampling of the research here.
The Scientists Behind Fast ForWord
- Michael M. Merzenich, Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the world's leading experts in brain plasticity, brain mechanisms, and integrative neuroscience. Dr. Merzenich was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1999 and a member of the National Institute of Medicine in 2008.
- Paula A. Tallal, Ph.D., is a cognitive neuroscientist and board-certified clinical psychologist who has authored over 200 professional publications and holds several patents. She was selected by the Library of Congress to be the Commentator for the Field of Psychology at its Bicentennial Celebration and earned the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Prize for her work leading to the development of Fast ForWord software.
- William M. Jenkins, Ph.D., is an expert in learning-based brain plasticity, behavioral algorithms, and psychophysical methods, as well as an expert in multimedia and Internet technology. He is an author or co-author of more than 100 publications and holds 46 U.S. patents and 12 foreign patents. He was recognized by Discovery Magazine in its annual Awards for Technology Innovations and received the Year 2000 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award.
- Steven L. Miller, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist with expertise in the assessment and treatment of developmental language and reading impairments. Dr. Miller has extensive experience in organizing clinical studies and conducting longitudinal studies of children and adults with such disabilities.