Fast ForWord Program
The Live Oak Center offers Fast ForWord programs to children who are experiencing difficulty in reading, phonemic awareness, auditory processing, listening comprehension and working memory. Fast ForWord computer based programs are designed by Scientific Learning Corporation, a California corporation. These programs are based upon intensive computer learning with clinician guidance and oversight. More information about the Science Behind FastForWord information is available here.
Fast ForWord® reading intervention programs have shown to help learners achieve a 1-2 year reading gain in as little time as 8 to 12 weeks.
The Fast ForWord reading intervention programs trace their origins to the brain plasticity research of Scientific Learning’s founding scientists, Drs. Michael Merzenich and William Jenkins (University of California, San Francisco), and the language and reading research of Drs. Paula Tallal and Steven Miller (Rutgers University). For more information about brain plasticity and brain fitness visit the link here.
The Scientific Learning Company has an extensive website that is available with research, information and resources about all of their programs. For information about the Fast ForWord Family of Products visit the website link here.
Fast ForWord Programs through The Live Oak Center are offered either during a summer camp format, individual sessions or as a home program. Jayne Larson and Shelia Woodfin are certified by Scientific Learning as providers for these treatment programs.
Fast ForWord is presented as a series. There are two basic programs which strengthen the auditory processing, phonemic awareness and cognitive skills for the remaining Reading series. The Fast ForWord Reading series develops areas of reading such as sight words, spelling, reading fluency, vocabulary, language structure and reading comprehension skills.
Who Can Fast ForWord Help?
- Students with reading fluency or reading comprehension difficulties.
- Students with auditory and language processing difficulties.
- Students who have difficulty staying engaged in class or following multi-step directions.
- Students who are losing confidence due to academic challenges.
- Students who are showing resistance to homework and/or disappointing grades.
- Students who have difficulty paying attention to instruction.
- Students who have difficulty remembering what they are taught.