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The Fast ForWord science

The Fast ForWord suite of programs provides a language and literacy intervention that uses the principles of neuroplasticity—the ability of the brain to rewire and improve—to target the root cause of slow academic progress in struggling students and English language learners. The software was developed by neuroscientists to quickly improve reading skills while concurrently developing memory, attention, processing and sequencing—the cognitive skills required to read and learn effectively.

The Fast ForWord Language and Literacy series programs within this suite include a patented speech processing technology that enhances the speech sounds at early exercise levels, progressing to natural speech sounds at higher exercise levels. This technology includes two separate but equally important speech modification stages: duration extensions (slowing down the speech) and selective intensity increases (enhancing the intensity of the rapid transitional elements in the speech). Together, these technologies provide the auditory nervous system with an enhanced speech signal that allows the student to more effectively differentiate the rapid transitions in spoken language.

 

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About the new programs – Foundations I and II

This new and improved replacement for the Language v2 program includes the following enhancements:

  • Improved exercise introductions that provide learners with multiple levels of coaching and interventions, ensuring they understand the exercise activity and what’s expected.
  • Built-in coaching that helps learners stay motivated and progress more quickly. Learners now have more autonomy in getting themselves “unstuck” and back on track with automated interventions that provide just-in-time support.
  • Explicit instruction on language concepts, grammatical structures, and vocabulary, which are particularly helpful to English language learners, special education students, and younger learners.
  • Increased adaptivity within finely-tuned exercises creates a more personalized experience, enabling learners to fast-track through content they find easy and slow down when the content gets challenging. Greater gains can be achieved when each learner spends more time working in the zone that’s the correct level of difficulty for that learner.
  • New progress indicators that provide students with real-time feedback during their Fast ForWord sessions—from the initial dashboard showing their current status on today’s assignment to new “in-exercise” indicators like the progress feeder meter, completion status sign, and other fun celebrations.

The Birth of Neuroplasticity Interventions: A Twenty Year Perspective

Abstract

Fast ForWord® was the first, computer/Internet delivered, neuroplasticity-based training program ever developed to enhance neural performance. It grew out of over 25 years of basic and clinical research in two distinct scientific disciplines.


One utilized behavioral, electrophysiological and neuroimaging methods to study individual differences in language development and the etiology of developmental language-based learning disabilities (including Specific Language Impairment, Autism and Dyslexia).

The other utilized neurophysiological and behavioral methods in animals to study neuroplasticity, that is, changes at the cellular level driven by behavioral training techniques.

This chapter reviews (1) how these two lines of research were integrated to form the scientific basis of Fast ForWord® and (2) the steps taken to translate and instantiate our collaborative laboratory research into clinical and classroom interventionsthat could be scaled up for broad distribution around the world, while remaining efficient, effective and enduring. In 1996, Scientific Learning Corporation (SLC) was co-founded by four research scientists (Paula Tallal, Michael Merzenich, William Jenkins and Steve Miller).

To date, nearly three million children in 55 countries have received Fast ForWord® interventions. On any given school day approximately 100,000 children log in to train on one of twelve Fast ForWord®Language, Literacy or Reading programs. More recently, Fast ForWord® language and reading programs are being used increasingly as an effective method for improving English as a second language (ESL), including success for ESL children whose first language is non-alphabetic.

Introduction

When we began our collaboration in 1993, the now rapidly growing fields of “cognitive neurotherapeutics” and “neuroeducation” did not exist, nor did the concept of using neuroplasticity-based training to improve “brain fitness”. The methods we developed, and subsequently were the basis of over 50 patents, were the first to use video gaming technologies with the explicit goal of improving human performance.

Research on Language Development and Disorders

The most basic unit of any language is the phoneme, the smallest unit of sound that can change the meaning of a word. For alphabetic languages, in order to learn how to read and become a proficient reader the child must become aware that words can be segmented into smaller units of sound (phonemes) and it is these sounds that the letters represent. This is referred to as phonological awareness. Phonemes are the basic building blocks for spoken language, as well as for alphabetic written languages.

Research on Neuroplasticity-Based Training

Neurophysiologists have mapped the features of the sensory world at the single cell level. This research has shown that within each sensory modality the features that represent the physical world come to be mapped at the cellular level in a highly organized fashion.

The Birth of Fast ForWord®: Translating Theory into Practice

Considering the amount of speech directed to the infant, it is easy to understand how important speech is in shaping the auditory cortex during critical periods of human development.

Designing Neuroplasticity-Based Training Games

For our first study we designed and developed a series of verbal training exercises ranging from speech discrimination to grammatical comprehension, disguised as “games”. Some of these games were implemented on computers, while trained professionals using tape-recorded stimuli presented others.

The First Laboratory Studies: Rutgers Summer Camps 1994–1995

Our initial laboratory studies were conducted with children who each met the criteria for language learning impairment (LLI). Two groups matched on age, IQ and language skills were quasi-randomly assigned to receive the same language intervention program.

Scaling Up: The “Neurotherapeutic Revolution”

  • Fast ForWord® Language v1
  • First Multi-site Clinical Field Trial (1996–1997)
It is one thing to obtain results in well-controlled studies in a research laboratory under the direct supervision of skilled research scientists. It is quite another to demonstrate that efficacy can be achieve in “real-world” clinics and classrooms where children most commonly receive intervention. Soon after founding Scientific Learning Corporation (SLC) our first goal was to convert the games used in our laboratory studies into a fully computerized training program (Fast ForWord® Language v1), and then to conduct large-scale field trials in clinical and educational settings to assess its “real-world” efficacy.

Independent Agency Evaluations of Fast ForWord®

Studies on the effectiveness of educational and/or clinical interventions are inherently difficult, in part because of the many skill sets and multidisciplinary collaborations required to conduct these studies in “real- world” clinics and school settings. Before introducing a new method, curriculum or product, schools have to answer a practical question: does the new approach leads to better outcomes for their students than whatever intervention strategies they currently have in place? In translating research from the laboratory to classrooms, we have found that most school administrators and curriculum directors are only willing to make important decisions for their school after they have conducted their own, internal, independent study.

Cognitive Neurotherapeutics: The Challenges of Translation

The biggest challenge we have faced along our journey to translate our laboratory research into real world settings has been negotiating the torturous path between the world of our scientific colleagues, as compared to the very different world of K-12 educators and clinicians who make the decisions about whether our products will be offered to the children who could benefit from them. Nowhere have these different worlds collided more directly than when it comes to assessing and reporting the efficacy of Fast ForWord® products.

To Learn more about The Birth of Neuroplasticity Interventions. Download the PDF Article (there is a publishers charge)  Click here

Evidence Based Education

Fast ForWord language and reading intervention allows educators, parents, and clinical providers to easily track a learner’s progress. MySciLEARN reports and Reading Progress Indicator assessments ensure every learner receives the appropriate guidance and support necessary to become a better reader and better student.

 

Reading Progress Indicator (RPI)is an online assessment that rapidly measures the effects of the Fast ForWord family of products by evaluating reading performance as students progress from product to product.

RPI Combines with MyScilearn to Provide Valuable Information for Teachers on Each Student

Reading Progress Indicator (RPI) assessments correlate to international recognised normed assessments and help indicate how learners are responding to Fast ForWord.

Quickly assesses four key skill areas: phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Automatically scores assessment and report results for parents, teachers, and administrators.

Provides accurate progress information that correlates to nationally recognised normed assessments.

Automatically generates assessment reports for individuals, groups and schools.

Reading Progress Indicator (RPI) was developed by Scientific Learning and Bookette Software Company (now Pearson plc).

Established psychometric procedures were used to produce a test that is valid, reliable, and unbiased, and to generate nationally-representative norms.

See the results of 23 validation studies
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Reading Progress Indicator provides four assessment levels based on the grade entered for the student:

K-1,
K 2-3,
K 4-6, and
K 7-13+

(Pre-Kindergarten students are not eligible for the assessments).
The assessments are not timed.

 

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Strong Evidence of Effectiveness for Dyslexia Intervention

Personalized Language and Reading Intervention for Learners with Dyslexia.

Approximately 1 in 1 0 students in the United States has dyslexia, a primarily auditory disorder with weaknesses appearing specifically in phonological processing. While most dyslexia interventions are designed to help learners compensate for these difficulties, Fast ForWord is different.

3-Step Cumulative Intervention Model

Step 1 : Prepare

Fast ForWord prepares the brain for reading by improving the underlying phonological processing skills that result in dyslexia.

Step 2: Practice

Fast ForWord provides more intensive practice than any other intervention program — 5x the amount of practice to be exact!

Step 3: Reinforce

Fast ForWord uses speech verification software to listen as students read texts aloud and provide corrective real-time guided reading reinforcement.

Research Studies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Stanford University;Rutgers University; Dartmouth College; Harvard Medical School

fMRl shows that physiological differences in children with dyslexia can be alleviated through remediation.

8 weeks of remediation that focused on improved rapid auditory processing and phonological and linguistic training (Fast ForWord) resulted in the children with dyslexia developing differentiated activation to rapid and slow transitions similar to that of children with typical development.

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Students Learn Faster Using Neuron English

Students Who Use Neuron English Learn English Faster

Neuroscientists Designed Our Programs to Give the Most Effective Learning Experience in the Classroom
We Have a Unique 3 Step Method to Master English
# 1 Prepare the Brain for Learning
Students develop their cognitive and critical language skills
#2  Practice Makes Perfect
Students practice systematically in accordance with your curriculum
# 3 Reinforcement
Students use voice recognition software to develop pronunciation, fluency,
vocabulary and comprehension.
Proven By Research
We have 21 studies that meet US Government Evidence Standards  – the most of any reading intervention evaluated.

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Ranked the top English language development program on the US government’s What Works Clearinghouse, Fast ForWord is uniquely designed to build the listening, speaking and reading skills for beginning to advanced language learners. The program provides the English phonics training, intensive grammar and vocabulary practice, and oral speaking and reading reinforcement necessary to build both basic and academic English proficiency.

 

Providing Adaptive, Personalised Exercises to Build English Fast

 

  • English phonemic training
  • Extensive academic vocabulary support, in Spanish and English
  • English morphology, grammar, listening, and reading comprehension
  • Patented speech verification technology that listens as students read aloud and provides corrective feedback when words are mispronounced

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing The New Fast ForWord – Now with SmartLearning Technology

What if you could reach every struggling reader at your school with exactly the skills they need at just the right time? What if these students started to improve quickly, were self-motivated, and worked more independently?
Learn how the new version of the evidence-based Fast ForWord reading intervention program will bring a dramatic difference to your students this year, and provide you with one option to meet the needs of multiple student subgroups.

You should learn:

(1) What to expect from the New Fast ForWord,

(2) When to use your guided reading tool, Reading Assistant, to get reading fluency and comprehension results before winter break, and

(3) The tools available at your fingertips to make this year feel…dare we say it…Effortless!

Overview

Title: Introducing the New Fast ForWord – Now with SmartLearning Technology!

Originally broadcast Date:  Thursday, August 23, 2018

Duration: 1 hour

10 New Improved Features for The Fast ForWord Family. Teachers and Students are loving it!

What will the students love about the new and improved Fast ForWord technology?

  1. Point Counter

Mistakes and setbacks occur when students rush to complete the program. Staying focused will earn the student points and that is how a student makes progress. Students get responses in a row correct and they will actually see the points there and then, which motivates the student when they  see how many points in a row they get right.

  1. Replay/Play Back

Play Back on Fast ForWord means a student can be able to rewind/playback a word or sentence with the click of a button to hear it again.

  1. Autoplay

This allows a student with a click of a button to run through a series of trials. Autoplay and earning points work together to assist the student attain the correct trials. The autoplay feature allows the students to get through the trials much faster.

  1. Adaptivity

Students adapt faster with materials and tools that they can easily associate themselves with. The materials Fast Forword provides can easily be adopted by new students.

  1. Progress Indicators

Progress indicators inform users about the status of ongoing processes. Fast ForWord meter indicator has been improved with the new Feeder Meter, and the percentage complete of the student. This feature will motivate the students to aim for a higher percentage.

What will the Educators love from the new feature of Fast ForWord?

  1. Better Introductions

Fast ForWord Foundations 1 has a better method of training students to make a better and strong start while using the program.

  1. Automated Coaching

Students who need help while using the program can rest assured that Fast Forword Foundation I, have identified and introduced just in time automated coaching to correct and help common issues associated with the program.

  1. Language Structure

Ele-bot – The Fast ForWord Language v2 exercise program is now improved and is able to help with what to listen for and how to understand various grammatical forms.

  1. Vocabulary Pre-Teaching

Students ready to use Fast ForWord facilitates have an advantage. This is because Foundation I, has combined instructions and relevant vocabulary within the exercises, giving students the meanings of words before they encounter them.

In General, the Fast ForWord Family has benefited from:

  1. Smartlearning Technology.

Fast ForWord program has been greatly improved using Smartlearning technology. With artificial intelligence educators can deliver smarter, more focused interventions and faster results for students.

 

WEBINAR: BACK TO SCHOOL WITH THE NEW FAST FORWORD

New Fast ForWord makes your life easier – while getting your students better results?

By the end of this webinar recording you will know the best ways to set up your implementation now so you save time throughout the year.

Attend to learn:

(1) What to expect from the New Fast ForWord,

(2) When to use your guided reading tool, Reading Assistant, to get reading fluency and comprehension results before winter break, and

(3) The tools available at your fingertips to make this year feel…dare we say it…Effortless!

About the Speaker 

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Ben Philpott
Professional Development Specialist K-12
Scientific Learning Corporation

Ben Philpott lives in Tucson Arizona and earned his BA in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

He has worked as a licenced Speech Pathology Assistant in school, clinic and home settings in Arizona and California. He currently works for Scientific Learning where he consults with teachers on how to implement Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant in their school.

Overview

Title: Back to School with the New Fast ForWord

Originally broadcast Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar – Fast ForWord: Different for a Reason

 

Fast ForWord: Different for a Reason

Continuing our webinar series for the academic year 2017/18.

If you want to engage your students, reduce your administration time and solve the problem of poor academic performance then this may be the most important webinar you watch all year.

Teaching needs time and time is valuable. Here is how you can maximise your impact with your students.

Corey will explain:

  • How you can reduce your administrative paperwork.
  • The way you can help your students become better learners.
  • She shows the 5 secrets for you to use neuroscience learning methods in your classroom.
  • How to make your teaching impact 10 TIMES more effective.

This is a truly breakthrough idea for helping your students learn more effectively.

You will see why we are giving away these incredible programs for free for the rest of the year to attendees*

* School clients who are interested in using the programs for 2018/19

 

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Presentation Slides

 

Fast ForWord is an evidence-based language and reading intervention program that uses a unique 3-step approach to deliver fast learning gains. The program was developed by world-renowned neuroscientists to target the root causes of language and reading difficulty directly. No other intervention does this. Once these underlying areas are addressed, learners’ reading and language skills improve quickly, and continue to improve even after they have completed using Fast ForWord.

Key Features

Dozens of online and mobile skill-building exercises for elementary and secondary school age learners

Adaptive technology that adjusts delivery to meet the needs of each learner

A digital guided reading tool that provides real-time corrective feedback as students read texts aloud

Automated assessments to ensure continued learning growth

Digital reporting to track reading and language skill development

How it Works: 3 Steps to Transformative Reading and Language Growth

Step 1: Prepare

Fast ForWord prepares the brain for reading and learning by improving the cognitive skills that are weak in struggling learners (memory, attention, and processing speed).

Step 2: Practice

Fast ForWord ensures every learner receives personalized, intensive practice on a wide variety of reading and language skills — more than any other approach or intervention.

Step 3: Reinforce

Using speech verification technology, our program listens to students as they read aloud, like a guided reading coach! Learners reinforce their new reading and language skills and rapidly build fluency and comprehension.

What Results Can You Expect?

 

√   Improved thinking and learning skills that result in more confident, engaged learners

√   Better reading skills and summative testing performance

√   Continued learning growth even after learners have completed the program

Webinar 2017 Dyslexia Research and Remediation

 

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month! Join us to learn about the latest
research on the processing weaknesses and early indicators in dyslexia. Most importantly, find out how to use this information to help your students. Hear and see how the Fast ForWord program can help your students/children with dyslexia.

Presenter: Martha Burns PhD.
Recording Date: Monday, 2nd October, 2017
Time: 21:00 (London time)

Note: this is a recording.
We will also send a certificate of attendance and slides of the presentation to registrants

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Webinar Highlights

10:30 minutes  One Historical View – Double Deficit Hypothesis

To be completed.

Like most things in life, the “one size fits all” approach for dyslexia intervention doesn’t always work. This is a once-a-year live webinar (free!) where you’ll learn the latest research on dyslexia and how to use this information to ensure you’re taking a comprehensive approach to treatment for your students. There are stealth causes of reading struggle; we’ll show you how Fast ForWord software exercises work to address these.

About the Presenter

Marty Burns, Reading Assistant

 

Dr Martha Burns is an expert on how children learn and has written 3 books and over 100 articles. She is an associate professor in the Northwest University, USA.

 

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