Fast ForWord dyslexia software.
- Based on principles of neuroplasticity.
- Targets the causes of dyslexia, not the symptoms.
Brain-Based Dyslexia Software
The Science and Substance of Fast ForWord Software
Fast ForWord dyslexia software uses neuroscience principles to treat dyslexia at its cognitive source. Scientifically-designed games strengthen the processing delays that cause most dyslexia.
The brain will respond to exercise. Fast ForWord software builds new neural circuits, new abilities, in every case, helping dyslexic children learn to read with confidence.
Concepts Behind The Software
Why Instruction Does Not Help
The vast majority of tutoring and dyslexia software is more-of-the-same instruction that works around the underlying problem. And so, while students make progress, the impediments remain and resurface in later grades. Until those underlying causes of dyslexia are addressed, reading cannot be automatic, efficient or effective.
The Scientific Basis For Fast ForWord
Fast ForWord strengthens learning MAPS -- (working) Memory, Attention, Processing and Sequencing -- using individualized, adaptive training that fills in the unique skill gaps of each student. Its highly interactive algorithms provide a level of intensity that can't be matched by tutors or instruction-based dyslexia software.
Taking Advantage Of Brain Plasticity
Until the 1980s it was thought that the brain was hardwired or fixed. Scientists have since made the ground-breaking discovery of brain plasticity, the capacity of the brain to change its structure and function through experience and training. This means that, while change is more difficult after early childhood (0-3), the window for change remains open throughout life.
The opportunities presented by brain fitness training
Frequency, Intensity and Shaping
Just like strengthening a physical muscle, building new learning "muscles" requires consistency. Fast ForWord games add speed and complexity in tiny, incremental steps, called "shaping."
Steps to treating the causes of dyslexia
To derive benefit from training, the level of difficulty must be challenging without being discouraging. This level is different for each student, and it will change over time as performance improves. Our software constantly assesses the participant's skill level, progressing at the student's own pace.
Creating New Neural Circuits & Efficiency
Every dyslexic Gemm student experiences "activation" in the language areas of the brain. After Fast ForWord, fMRIs show that dyslexic students transition from scattered scans while reading -- reflecting a frantic, multiple strategy approach -- to more focused activity around language processing.
To get the most out of dyslexia software, the brain should be in an engaged and rewarded state, making it open to learning and change. A reward for correct performance tells the brain, “That worked, do that again in the same situation.” Fast ForWord uses computer game-like sounds and scoring to maintain engagement.
Early childhood learning is through discovery, tested in the real world settings, then integrated into knowledge and behavior. It is a powerful learning process where in-the-moment feedback promotes deep understanding and enduring gains. Fast ForWord dyslexia software uses these natural learning principles throughout.
How The Software Works
Students start at the bottom of the program chart working on cognitive skills that are not well developed in most dyslexic children. These cognitive programs are Fast ForWord Language v2 (for ages 5-10) and Fast ForWord Literacy (ages 10 to adult).
Students then move into the reading series, entering the series at their reading level and then progressing according to their needs and goals.
Goal #1: Treat The Dyslexia
Beating dyslexia in most cases means building phonological awareness, a real challenge for most dyslexic children due to their auditory processing difficulties. By speeding up processing, Fast ForWord creates more "pixels" -- the sounds inside words are easier to hear, and sounding out is more accurate for younger readers and more efficient (and automatic) for older readers.
Goal #2: Reading Fluency
Reading fluency requires automatic decoding AND language familiarity, often lacking in dyslexic children because their impaired listening skills take such concentration (like listening to sound through water) that they do not absorb the nuances of language naturally.
This lack of language dexterity slows down their reading as words, tenses, syntax and vocabulary are unfamiliar. Fast ForWord assumes these weaknesses exist and includes exercises to build language mastery, and reading fluency.
The software builds listening efficiency so that a child can absorb vocabulary naturally and has exercises that develop vocabulary, from 1st grade through to a high school level.
All dyslexia software has spelling exercises and ours is no different. Our software helps spelling, first by building a phonetic foundation, then spelling rules, and finally by tackling spelling exceptions.
Language Structure and Metalinguistics
It is important to recognize the syntax, grammar and flow of language, as well as develop metalinguistic skills, the ability play with language, e.g., rhyming. Fast ForWord helps dyslexic children "get" language, using software games based on the idea of discovery learning.
Goal #3: Reading Comprehension
Reading with confidence requires reading stamina. While labored decoding is part of what turns dyslexics off reading, the inability to extract meaning which could make the text interesting, is also important.
Our software for dyslexia includes a number of adaptive analytical and sentence completion exercises that build reading accuracy and inferential reading comprehension skills. The final step of our program includes challenging metacognitive exercises that train the reader to think actively, and self correct while reading.
A Consult To Start
Learning ability is as strong as its weakest link. Our software can make a significant difference in a short period, by targeting that weakest link for dyslexic children, their processing. To find out if we can help your child, call for a free consult or contact us here.