The Fast ForWord Program
Accelerate Reading & Learning With Fast ForWord Software
The Fast ForWord reading program uses powerful, neuroscience-based exercises to build learning and reading efficiency. Because it works on deep-seated cognitive and language processing delays, Fast ForWord can make significant and lasting improvements in just a few months.
- 240+ research studies validate the results
- 2+ million students in 40+ countries
- Unique approach, working on the underlying skill gaps, not the symptoms
Practice Makes Perfect
Most learning and reading difficulties are caused by cognitive skill delays, most commonly in language processing or attention. As with physical skills, the fastest and most reliable way to resolve skill gaps and improve cognitive function is with training exercises. This is how Fast ForWord works. It is an adaptive program that presents students with a set of progressively harder exercises designed to improve processing, attention, working memory and sequencing, the building blocks of learning. Practice makes perfect.
Helps Reading and Learning At All Ages
Because most learning issues stem from one or more of these cognitive skill gaps, Fast ForWord is able to help reading fluency and reading comprehension from 5+ years of age through to adult. In addition, it can significantly improve learning issues, including dyslexia, auditory processing disorder and inattentive ADD.
Since the targeted outcome of Fast ForWord’s training to create automaticity — learning and reading efficiency – is it best compared to learning to ride a bike. Once leaners, automatic decoding is a skill that is never forgotten. The learning gains endure.
This robust ability to help a wide range of students in a fast and enduing way is what attracted Gemm Learning to the software. We specialize in providing Fast ForWord to families at home in the US and Canada. Our students access Fast ForWord online with the support and guidance of remote Gemm Learning professionals.
Adaptive Exercises For All Learners
Fast ForWord starts by exercising foundational language and cognitive skills, such as memory, attention, processing and sequencing. It uses adaptive exercises that add speed and complexity at the student’s own pace.
And then, after 1-3 months, most students then move to the reading phase, working on reading skills such as fluency in decoding, spelling, vocabulary and reading comprehension.
Each Fast ForWord program (there are 10 in total) has 5-7 games, each of which aims to build one or more specific cognitive, language and/or reading skill. Gemm Learning creates individualized protocols drawing from this list of program to meet your child’s needs.
Furthermore, your child’s schedule and availability is a variable in our program design. We can go with a more intensive 2-month program for quicker results or a more drawn out program — 30 or 50 minutes a day, 3-5 days a week. Whatever works for you and your family. Finally, the software is now available on the iPad® making it even easier to access from anywhere, any time.
Fast ForWord improves brain function in every session. It taps into neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to change, just like physical muscle. Its exercises ask students to make hundreds of increasingly complex decisions in quick succession. This creates a ladder to higher function, new neural connections and consequently, new learning ability.
The Fast ForWord program series incorporates a number of key neuroscience principles. One feature is shaping, stimulating higher function through more challenging tasks in tiny incremental steps, like physical training. Furthermore, the exercises build in simultaneous activity, where skills are trained together in a melding that is repeated in daily life. Consequently, the gains endure.
The program creates changes in neural activity that pre- and post-FMRI imaging can measure. Specifically, neural mass activity after training on Fast ForWord starts to look more like the patterns seen in normal readers. In general, this means more concentrated activity in the language areas of the brain when the subject is reading. By contrast, the brain activity patterns of a struggling reader are spread out, indicating scattered and inefficient reading strategies. Because Fast ForWord improves language inputs, it allows the brain to rely more on its language word memory, like a normal reader.
30+ Years of Research
Fast ForWord software incorporates cognitive research, neuroscience, linguistics and natural learning science. By diving into the cognitive skills required for reading, the Fast ForWord founders identified abnormal temporal processing and language learning impairments common in struggling readers. They postulated that by improving phonological awareness through adaptive exercises they could improve reading and learning.
Four highly regarded neuroscientists led this research over a 30 year period. They were Dr. Michael Merzenich and Bill Jenkins at the University of California, San Francisco, and Paula Tallal and Steven Miller at Rutgers University. After publishing their initial findings in Science, the scientists persuaded several world-renowned universities to contribute and review data in randomized controlled studies. These and other studies validate the premise that improved cognitive skills can significantly boost language, learning and reading efficiency.
Most of the 240+ total research studies show substantial student gains while on and after completing the program. In addition, Fast ForWord features in a best seller book on neuroplasticity, The Brain That Changes Itself by Dr. Norman Doidge. Finally, it ranked first and “High Gain” in a recent 2-year study of 24 reading programs by the Nevada State Department of Education.
Who Fast ForWord Helps
The software helps almost all children with reading difficulties. This is because delays in language processing, the primary target of the Fast ForWord program, cause most reading difficulties. It is also arguably the most popular software in the world for treating auditory processing disorder.
Furthermore, because of its ability to access deep-seated cognitive and language delays, it can be an effective choice for a range of other learning issues, including dyslexia, inattentive ADD and working memory dysfunction.
Because the Fast ForWord reading program targets learning efficiency, it helps study and test taking skills. Additionally, it can improve symptoms associated with autism, Asperger syndrome and traumatic brain injury.
Find Out If We Can Help You or Your Child
Gemm Learning is the largest home-based service provider of Fast ForWord in North America. To find out if your child is a candidate for our program, call one of our specialists for a free consult.
Looking for Fast Forward?
Fast ForWord plays on fast for word and fast forward, emphasizing fast results. By removing underlying impediments, Fast ForWord can quickly open the flood-gates to higher achievement. The idea behind the name is to evoke rapid acquisition of language skills. But it is an unusual name, often mis-spelled, such as fast forward software. Other names are fast for word program, fast for words, fastforward.com or fast forward.