Neuroplan is a top clinical provider for Fast ForWord in Canada. My name is Anna Krueger. I’m a certified speech language pathologist and the Clinical Director of Neuroplan Treatment Services.
When I was a university student, I did research on children in grade 2 who were having reading difficulties. I was stunned by the findings. The test I was using was a listening task. The children who were good readers were fast and accurate listeners. The children who were poor readers were slow and inaccurate listeners.
It was a simple task. They had to listen to a tape recorded sound and tell me if they heard BA, DA or GA. Every good reader responded with confidence “I heard BA.” Why couldn’t poor readers do this? If we knew what was causing the underlying problem, could we fix it?
A few years later I was at a conference for speech language pathologists. Dr. Paula Tallal, who is one of the founding scientists behind Fast ForWord, was on the stage. She was part of a panel discussion. Dr. Tallal said that the team she was working with had developed software that provided treatment for brain skills. She said that children with reading disorders and learning disabilities were overcoming their struggles. I recall how hostile the other professionals on the panel were! How dare someone make such a claim!
Over the years, I have seen it for myself. I started out with a computer lab in my speech language pathology clinic. Now I do all my training and consultation by webcam. My clients use Fast ForWord software and other online therapy programs. They simply log into any computer with good wifi.
If you have made the decision to try Fast ForWord, your next step is to choose a Fast ForWord provider. The Scientific Learning Company has a directory of people who are available in Canada, the US and internationally.
If you live in the US, use the directory at SciLearn.com to find a provider in your area. There are many experienced professionals providing Fast ForWord in the US. The speech language pathologists on this list have training in speech perception, language processing and the various causes of reading disorders. We use lots of different intervention tools, not just Fast ForWord.
If you look me up, you will see my credentials behind my name.
Anna Krueger, MSc, S-LP(C)
MSc = a master of science degree from a university
S-LP(C) = speech language pathologist certified by Canada’s national professional association.
Be careful about choosing a provider with no professional credentials. It is possible for an entrepreneur without any university training to complete Scientific Learning’s online training modules and become a Fast ForWord provider.
If you work with a speech language pathologist in your own country, you will be able to use your receipts for extended health insurance reimbursements. You can also access government funding and grants.
Read my post: How much does Fast ForWord cost?
Fast ForWord is available in more than 55 countries. Many Fast ForWord learning centres around the world focus on teaching English. The software is unique because it teaches speech perception. It transforms listening skills, giving people the advantage of being able to process English just as quickly as a native speaker.
Here are some common questions that parents ask when they are looking for a Fast ForWord provider. If you choose Neuroplan Treatment Services, you get direct access to me.
Yes, I’m a certified speech language pathologist and a reading specialist. Read more about me.
Absolutely! I have had many years of success with these tremendous intervention programs. I have used Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant to help people with learning disabilities, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, autism, Down’s Syndrome, aphasia, intellectual deficits, speech disorders, auditory processing difficulties, visual processing difficulties, language processing difficulties, seizure disorders, stuttering and many more underlying problems. I have also used it with gifted students who needed an individualized program.
There is no need to travel to my location. I do all my assessments online rather than in a clinic.
Initial screening assessments are free! I offer re-testing once a year as part of my therapy packages. This gives us a baseline at the beginning and provides objective proof of progress and improvements.Info about Assessments
Yes. I make it easy for people to connect with me. Simply use my online appointment scheduler to pick a time for a phone call or webcam session. Busy parents like the fact that I offer evening appointments.
I start by making sure that the learner is a good candidate for my approach:
I also enquire about the facilitator. Usually this is a parent. I have also had success in training siblings, grandparents, school staff and behaviour interventionists. For example:
Finally, the setting has to be conducive to intensive brain-training:
Try my interactive free demo of Fast ForWord. There is no sales pressure. You simply sign up and my website will give you a login and password. You can explore the games by yourself and let your child try them as well. If questions come up as your try the demo, send me an email. I answer all my messages personally.
I’m selling therapy, not software. Read some examples of how other families have found funding.
My clients have been able to access the following funding sources because I am a speech language pathologist:
I expect learners to use their programs at least three hours a week. Some of my clients astound me by doing way more than this. My monthly rate doesn’t change. You can take a break and then come back. All of the learner’s work is saved on the server.
There are 10 different Fast ForWord programs covering the range from reading acquisition to advanced adult literacy. Reading Assistant spans from kindergarten to grade 12. If a learner did every single program it would take many years to complete them all. In fact, there are home schooling families that use Fast Forword and Reading Assistant as their curriculum.
My free screening assessment helps us decide where to start. As the learner makes progress, I update the treatment plan. Our goal is always to bring literacy skills up to the learner’s expected grade level. Dramatic changes are possible with a 6 month commitment.
I will send you weekly progress reports by email. These reports are generated by the software. You get a high level of detail. For example:
I offer unlimited consultation by phone, email and webcam. My flat monthly rate won’t go up if you need my help. Here is what I recommend for most situations:
To get started, please use my online registration and consent form.
There is a lot of information about Fast ForWord on this site! Keep reading…
Online speech language therapy and literacy apps. Available across Canada. Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Autism, Auditory Processing, Acquired Brain Injury, Stuttering, English Comprehension and Grammar.