The two programs in the Fast ForWord LITERACY Series are aimed at teens and adults who are struggling readers. These programs help teens and adults develop important cognitive skills for learning. What skills are we talking about? The necessary skills for literacy development are phonological awareness, processing, attention, automaticity, memory and sequencing.
Often older students get discouraged when they are asked to use intervention methods that look childish. The Fast ForWord LITERACY Series has age-appropriate graphics. If you are concerned about a child, we recommend the Fast ForWord LANGUAGE Series instead.
There are many causes of reading difficulties in this age group. For some, the problems have been present since childhood because of a learning disability, dyslexia or attention difficulties. Some people don’t get the chance to develop their literacy skills during childhood because of poor access to education. Sometimes people lose skills when they are injured or as they age. There are many reasons why teens and adults need help in order to become better readers.
Neuroplan Treatment Services offers these programs as part of a monthly service package.See our Program Pricing
Most of us need an alarm clock in order to wake up in the morning. Without that annoying clock, we wouldn’t be ready to face the day. At Neuroplan, we tell students that Fast ForWord wakes up their ears. It gets their brains ready to work at top speed during listening tasks.
Often these students have had their hearing tested and the results have been normal. A hearing test is a low level brain task. It basically asks, “Did you hear a beep?”
In contrast, literacy requires high level cognitive skills.
Students require a strong memory, excellent attention, fast processing and accurate sequencing. They must be able to hear differences between speech sounds because this changes the meaning (e.g. “peas” versus “peace”). They need the ability to match speech sounds to alphabet letters quickly and accurately. If teens and adults don’t have automaticity during reading tasks, their reading comprehension will be poor. All these cognitive skills help students succeed at listening, speaking and reading.
At Neuroplan Treatment Services, we have used these programs with people who have attention deficits, learning disabilities, dyslexia, auditory processing disorders, and autism. We have also been successful in using these programs for rehabilitation of aphasia and other types of acquired brain injuries.
If you are interested in Fast ForWord, please register for a free screening assessment.See our Program Pricing