Improving Brain Function For Life
Learn Now is a certified provider of the Scientific Learning computerized products, Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant.
What is Fast ForWord?
Fast ForWord is an online language, literacy and cognitive skills program that uses the principles of neuroplasticity—the ability of the brain to rewire and improve—to correct the underlying causes of language and reading difficulties.
Fast ForWord addresses foundational reading skills while, at the same time, develops the cognitive skills of memory, attention, processing and sequencing skills. These cognitive skills are central to all learning, resulting in improved outcomes for reading and other subject areas, too.
Fast ForWord strengthens the key pathways in the brain that help an individual learn, so they can pay closer attention, absorb information faster, and remember what they are taught.
Fast ForWord is adaptable which means that the program continually, automatically adjusts to the participant’s ability level, keeping them at the optimal challenge/success rate.
Once foundational skills are improved, those skills are part of that individual, and so they last. Those who use the products continue to make progress long after they have completed the program.
Who does Fast ForWord® help?
Fast ForWord® will help those who struggle with:
- Auditory Processing Disorders
- Reading Difficulties
- Language Difficulties/Delays
- Attention Deficit Disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Executive Function Weaknesses
- English Language Development
Individuals may display some or all of the following characteristics and would benefit from Fast ForWord®.
- Difficulty following multi-task directions
- Needs instructions repeated and clarified
- Language and/or speech delays
- Difficulty understanding abstract information or jokes
- Disorganized and forgetful
- Gives delayed responses during conversations
- Mispronounces typical word sounds
- Poor attention
- Difficulty putting thoughts into words
- Difficulty reading
- Gets confused in noisy situations
- Poor reading comprehension
- Difficulty budgeting time
What skills are developed by the Fast ForWord Exercises?
- “Processing Rate” refers to both the speed and accuracy with which the brain processes information.
- A child has to be able to process many details quickly to be able to follow the directions of a teacher, or read a book.
- “Attention” is the ability to focus and pay careful attention to details.
- Teachers may use the term “good listening skills”to refer to students who “attend” and follow class directions well.
- In school, teachers often evaluate students by how well they “attend”in class.
Recall & Memory
- “Recall” is the ability to retrieve information from long term memory.
- “Working memory” is the short term holding and manipulating of information while various mental tasks such as learning, reasoning, and comprehending are carried out.
- The Fast ForWord exercises build both recall and working memory, helping your child follow directions better and process small, detailed differences in words and sounds.
- “Sequencing” means placing the detail of information in the correct order such as days of the week.
- Understanding the correct sequence helps in the processing and comprehension of the message and information.
- Phonemic awareness and phonics, including auditory discrimination of sounds and sound sequencing, skills that directly correlate to reading ability.
- Comprehension strategies and skills
- The Fast ForWord exercises help learners more easily attain knowledge in a variety of subject matter areas and also directly impart knowledge, such as vocabulary and language conventions that help with reading.
How Reading Assistant Works…
- When a student has difficulty reading a word, Reading Assistant provides a visual cue.
- If the student does not self-correct, the software intervenes by pronouncing the word.
- After completing a passage, questions measure literal and deductive comprehension.
- Reading Assistant uses the best practices of guided oral reading instruction, the gold standard for building fluency.
How Reading Assistant Helps…
- Builds better readers: students improve reading level 50% beyond expected gains.
- Saves you time: it automatically assesses and tracks words correct per minute (WCPM) and reading comprehension for teachers!
- Provides an unbiased listener to every student: even hard-to-engage students will practice reading aloud, always without judgment.
- Dramatically improves reading fluency, the critical bridge to comprehension.
What is Fluency Anyway?
- Fluency is the ability to read accurately, expressively and with good phrasing in order to comprehend what you read. It’s not about reading fast.
- A non-fluent reader spends a lot of energy decoding, leaving not much room for comprehension. Students need to decode fluently to understand what they’re reading but often don’t build this automaticity through independent reading alone.
- Guided oral reading instruction is the gold standard for building fluency – Reading Assistant incorporates these best practices!
What do students read?
Students read selections from over 300 reading passages at a range of reading levels, grades 1-12. The selections include non-fiction and fictional texts across genres:
- Expository nonfiction
- Realistic and historical fiction
- Science fiction
- Folktale, myth, legend
- Personal Narrative
Selections are aligned to the Common Core Standards.