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Fast ForWord is a computer training program
that helps children and adults rapidly build oral language comprehension and
other critical skills necessary for learning to read or becoming a better
reader. Based on over twenty-five years of brain research, these interactive and
adaptive programs use patented technology to target the language and reading
skills widely recognised as the keys to learning.
Fast ForWord evolved from the work of noted research scientists Michael Merzenich and Bill Jenkins from the University of California at San Francisco, and Paula Tallal and Steven Miller, experts on the neurological basis of language at Rutgers University. Merzenich and Jenkins are internationally known for their research in the science of brain plasticity, which is the concept that the brain changes as people learn new skills. Brain plasticity has been instrumental in understanding improved learning strategies for children with language and reading problems. More specifically, that adaptive training techniques such as frequency, reward, intensity and motivation allow for more rapid learning.
The collaboration of Merzenich, Jenkins, Tallal and Miller resulted in a key finding, that with the help of computers, speech sounds can be altered, reproduced and eventually differentiated by children with language difficulties. Using this technology in an intensive, adaptive training program, or optimal learning environment, the scientists discovered that students can develop a wide range of critical language skills such as phonemic awareness, auditory processing speed, phonological awareness, working memory, syntax, grammar, sequencing and other necessary reading skills.
For further information please visit the Fast ForWord website
You may also find the Fast For Word results page containing reports on Fast ForWord outcomes, articles and testimonials.
HOW IT WORKS
Computer technology slows down and digitally
enhances speech sounds for the struggling reader.
Intensive training schedules are used that develop a wide range of critical reading skills, including:
The dramatic changes in brain function required to achieve universal literacy can only be accomplished through intense, frequent, and consistent technology-based intervention.
The unique ability of Fast ForWord products to develop and strengthen the cognitive skills we call Learning MAPS—memory, attention, processing, and sequencing—is essential for academic learning and reading success.
Leading provider of Fast ForWord programs in Melbourne
The Listen And Learn Centre has been a provider of Fast ForWord products for 10 years. Today we are one of the largest private providers in Australia with dozens of clients each month undertaking the Fast ForWord Program.
We specialise in offering full service support by our psychologists and teachers including pre and post program assessment, ongoing telephone support and weekly individualised updates about the progress of your child.
Give the centre a call to allow us to explain the benefits of full service support for FFW: in clinic, on phone and on line.