Software to help processing related to autism.
- Adaptive exercises help language and reading.
- At home with remote coaching. Only 30 minutes a day.
Clinical Software Monitored By Professionals
Our program, Fast ForWord, was first developed as a cognitive treatment for children with language and reading difficulties. However, positive trial results and anecdotal success stories have made it one of the fastest growing autism programs in North America today.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a language and processing based condition -- Fast ForWord exercises exactly these skills with unique intensity, at the student's pace.
The software is self paced, meaning students build skills in tiny, incremental steps. Because the software adapts, children are not frustrated, but rather stay engaged, exercising the auditory processing delays that are at the center of their learning difficulties. This ability to generate intense interaction with skills that are a primary weakness in autistic children has made Fast ForWord software an effective program for autism.
Now Available At Home
Until recently, Fast ForWord was only available in the clinics of learning professionals, making it both expensive and demanding, scheduling wise. In the last six years however, Gemm Learning has developed a "virtual learning center" approach. Our service allows untrained parents to act as coaches for their autistic children working on our programs at home -- online or downloaded -- on their own schedule, with support from a remote Gemm professional.
What To Expect
Each case is different. For the autism population in particular, outcomes will vary. Our gains tend to be most evident in language and reading, although focus and reasoning gains are also often reported.
Autism program FAQ
Fast ForWord and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Dr. Michael Merzenich and the other scientists who developed Fast ForWord have spent a great deal of time studying autism, making this crucial, ground-breaking discovery:
Children on the autism spectrum make the same errors in language and reading as higher functioning children. They are just making more of them.
This has been a watershed event for families with autistic children.
Since Fast ForWord has been able to improve and in most cases remove the cognitive glitches that impede progress in higher functioning children as shown on functional MRIs, then why can't it also improve cognitive function in autistic children?
Intensity To Rewire Thinking and Learning
Unlike many autism programs, which are administered personally and therefore imprecisely, Fast ForWord uses powerful adaptive algorithms that react with precision to every click. The software, based on years of study about learning patterns and brain behavior, adds speed and complexity in tiny increments as the students makes correct responses, reversing this process with consecutive errors.
The program challenges the autistic child to engage and process faster in real time -- every click counts -- creating an intensity that goes far beyond what human interaction can achieve. While, in this age of discovery about the brain, we expect other software to emerge, right now, Fast ForWord is unique in its ability to generate the intensity needed to create new neural pathways, profound and enduring change.
How the Fast ForWord program helps autism
In the last 3-4 years there has been a flurry of activity relating to Fast ForWord. While trial results testing Fast ForWord as an autism program have been in slow in coming -- they are expensive and the range of abilities on the autism spectrum makes the necessary averaging of outcomes in trials of less value -- the anecdotal evidence that Fast ForWord is an effective software treatment for autism is building fast.
Autism treatment studies using Fast ForWord
Efficacy As Treatment For Autism
Behaviors and learning difficulties related to Autism Spectrum Disorders vary widely. And therefore treatment outcomes and definitions of success vary widely. That being said, anecdotal success of Fast ForWord as an autism treatment has created real interest in our program for children with developmental delays -- PDD-NOS, autism and Asperger syndrome. We have had some wonderful feedback from our families with autistic students.
Testimonials from parents of autistic children using Fast ForWord
Gemm's autism program is helping improve the lives of families all over the US and Canada.
While the many and varied symptoms of autism make this a challenging diagnosis for any single software program, it seems to be that the adaptive nature of Fast ForWord -- its ability to exercise at the margin of cognitive function -- is creating a powerful new potential for this population.
Our best results occur where:
- Attendance is consistent. Like most other programs for autism, outcomes are highly correlated to good compliance. We go to great lengths to help parents in this regard, with an elaborate online rewards network and other recognition.
- Children can truly interact with the program, i.e., get started at the introductory or training level. Fast ForWord uses the neuroscience concept of shaping, cognitive exercising that adds speed and complexity in tiny incremental steps. The challenge always for autistic children is getting started. If they are able to interact with the program at its starting level, Fast ForWord will the be able to produce gains.
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Our service is designed to meet these challenges, both at the outset and as issues arise once the program is underway.
More about our autism program service overview
BrainWare Safari and Autism
The developers of BrainWare Safari have been working with schools and associations with autistic students lately. Results have been mixed, mainly because about half of the children tested were unable to get to the higher levels where most of the changes occur. However, where a child has been able to "access" these higher levels, solid gains have been achieved.
BrainWare Safari takes an integrative approach, meaning it improves individual skills and at the same time integrates that higher skill level into better overall learning effectiveness. This makes it a helpful autism program, although we would always recommend Fast ForWord first.
Learn more about BrainWare Safari