Are you concerned about someone who has poor academic skills? We use Fast ForWord software to provide online treatment that changes the brain. It is a highly effective intervention for learning disabilities, language disorders, dyslexia, attention deficits, autism, and other brain-based problems that impact learning.
Watch the video below to find out how Fast ForWord online software treats the source of the problems, not just the symptoms.
We all need four key cognitive skills for effective learning. They are: memory, attention, processing, and sequencing.
Here are some behaviours you might notice in a person who is weak in these skills:
An adult tells a child, "Colour the apples red, the tulips yellow, and the cats black." A child with poor working memory may only remember the first colour.
You instruct your teenager, “Put your backpack upstairs, bring down your laundry, start the washing machine and don't forget to clean up after your snack.” A teenager with a poor working memory won't be able to remember what you said.
Imagine that you are a classroom teacher. Instead of paying attention to you, your student might be watching what another student is doing. Perhaps this student noticed a noise coming from the other side of the classroom. You may find that your student is wasting a lot of time focusing on small distractions that the other kids can easily ignore.
Your teenager may misinterpret visual cues like facial expressions and gestures. This is a sign of poor visual processing skills.
Your child might be reluctant to answer your questions. This could be due to poor auditory processing skills. They may not be able to accurately notice the difference between sounds. Their brains will be busy trying to figure out what you asked them. It might be impossible for your child to answer you quickly.
People with weak sequencing skills may not be able to retell a story in a logical sequence.
Memory: Working memory allows us to remember information, an essential building block of learning. Without good recall, students will struggle in the classroom.
Attention: Learners must be able to listen to and understand information for learning to occur. Without strong attention skills, a learner's school success will be adversely affected.
Processing: Visual and auditory processing allow us to understand and put meaning to information we see or hear. People will struggle with math, handwriting, reading and comprehension if their processing ability is weak.
Sequencing: Our brain has to arrange information in the right order quickly. Learners need this skill to alphabetize, count, and organise information.
Children and teens will have a difficult time in school if one or more of these cognitive skills is deficient.
Fast ForWord is the only scientifically designed and proven intervention that targets memory, attention, processing, and sequencing, all within every training session.
My son didn't want to attend summer school. Again. I was looking for a way to get him ready for grade 11. Doing Fast ForWord at home was so convenient. He could sleep in and do his programs in the afternoon. He liked it so much that he worked for 90 minutes a day and checked his progress data every weekend.
I think Fast ForWord has been a very successful program for my daughter.
She has seen her marks start to improve and links that improvement to this program, which is wonderful for so many reasons. I think she sees that hard work and regular study habits with this program produce real results.
I have been using Fast ForWord with my 5th grade son who is dyslexic. He LOVES this program! I am very happy and so is he. The program is designed in a brilliant way that is encouraging rather than frustrating. This program has been a breath of fresh air for us and I recommend it without hesitation.
JP's comprehension jumped by 5.5 years in just 2 years. He started at the grade one level when he was 15 years old and now he is at the grade 6 level. He can read magazines, flyers and the newspaper. He understands them because of the therapy programs he has been doing with Neuroplan. I'm so proud and thankful. He is going to be 18 in a few months.
At Neuroplan, we tell kids that Fast ForWord wakes up their ears. It gets their brains ready to work at top speed during listening tasks.
Often these kids have had their hearing tested and the results have been normal. This can be surprising to the teachers and parents who know them. These kids are such poor listeners that the adults are often sure there is a hearing problem.
A hearing test is a low level brain task. It basically asks, “Did you hear a beep?” A basic hearing test does not tell you much about auditory processing. It doesn’t tell you if the person can interpret incoming speech sounds and map meaning onto these sounds.
Some children have auditory processing deficits. They simply can’t interpret speech sounds quickly and they end up guessing and making mistakes when they are trying to figure out the meaning. These kids have auditory processing difficulties rather than a hearing loss.
The good news is that Fast ForWord has been scientifically proven. It is an effective treatment that gets to the root of the problem.
Comprehending language is a high level brain task. Language is the crucial foundation for literacy development.
Students require a strong memory, excellent attention, fast processing and accurate sequencing in order to succeed with academics. 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.
All these cognitive skills help students succeed at listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Struggling readers work on underlying brain skills before working on literacy skills:
Teens and adults acquire the literacy skills needed to read and comprehend challenging materials:
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.
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.
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.