Fast ForWord Language

Wiring the Brain for Academic Gain

Develops the fundamental language skills that are building blocks for listening, speaking and reading success.

Who Can Benefit from Fast ForWord Language? Children who:

  • Have problems understanding and using language
  • Have difficulty remembering or following oral instructions
  • Have auditory processing difficulties
  • Have difficulty with reading and spelling
  • Have poor auditory attention

Fast ForWord Language improves the fundamental cognitive skills of memory, attention, processing, and sequencing, while simultaneously improving reading and learning skills. This program is an essential first step in developing these critically important prerequisites for learning success.

Fast ForWord Language develops the cognitive skills that give struggling readers the solid foundation they need to learn to read.

Fast ForWord Language consists of six exercises that develop Listening Accuracy, Phonological Awareness and Language Structures.

Language and Reading Skills Developed by Fast ForWord Language 

  • Listening accuracy
  • Phonological awareness
  • Auditory word recognition
  • Listening comprehension
  • Language comprehension
  • Syntax and morphology

Cognitive Skills Developed by Fast ForWord Language

  • Working memory
  • Visual symbol-sound associations from long-term memory
  • Picture-word associations from long-term memory
  • Focused attention
  • Auditory processing
  • Sequencing ability
 

 

Fast ForWord Language consists of seven exercises:

Ele-bot

Students feed the hungry Ele-Bots by selecting the illustrations which correctly match spoken sentences.This exercise builds language comprehension skills.

 
Hoop Nut

The squirrels play space basket ball by shooting nuts into the hoop when students correctly select the nut which represents a sound they first heard. This exercise improves the ability to make correct distinctions based on individual phonemes (phonological accuracy), the ability to identify and manipulate speech sounds in a quick and efficient manner (phonological fluency), and the capacity for holding speech sounds in memory (phonological memory).

 
Moon Ranch

Students help Farmer Granny move her animals from the barn and over the fence by clicking when they hear a repeated sound change. This improves the ability to identify and manipulate speech sounds in a quick and efficient manner (phonological fluency), the ability to remain focused on a given task while ignoring distractions and refraining from impulsive behavior (sustained attention), and the capacity for holding speech sounds in memory (phonological memory).

 
Robo-Dog

Students feed the hungry Robo-Dog by listening to a word and then identifying the matching picture. This improves listening accuracy and word recognition skills.

 
Sky Gym

The space athlete is helped to train on the unusual equipment by students who differentiate between sweep sounds. This exercise improves sequencing skills, sound processing and working memory.

 
Space Commander

The space commander gives students directions to touch or move blocks. This exercise develops listening comprehension, working memory, sequencing skills and sustained attention. 

 
Whalien Match

The Whaliens swim below the surface of the planet in formations of 4, 8 and 16. Students attempt to match spoken words by clicking on the correct Whaliens. This exercise improves the student’s ability to recognise spoken words by using auditory and visual-spatial working memory to locate matching syllables.