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Fast ForWord Literacy

Wiring the Brain for Academic Gain

The Fast ForWord Literacy program develops the fundamental language skills that are building blocks for listening, speaking and reading success. It is ideal for high-school aged students and adults.

Who Can Benefit from Fast ForWord Literacy? Students who:

  • Have problems understanding and using language
  • Have difficulty remembering or following oral instructions
  • Have auditory processing difficulties
  • Have difficulty with reading and spelling
  • Have poor auditory attention

Fast ForWord Literacy improves the fundamental cognitive skills of memory, attention, processing, and sequencing, while simultaneously improving reading and learning skills. This program is an essential first step in developing these critically important prerequisites for learning success.

Fast ForWord Literacy develops the skills that give struggling readers the solid foundation they need to learn to read. Fast ForWord Language consists of six exercises that develop Listening Accuracy, Phonological Awareness and Language Structures.

Language and Reading Skills Developed by
Fast ForWord Literacy

  • Organisation
  • Listening accuracy
  • Word analysis
  • Sound-letter correspondence
  • Phonological fluency
  • Visual tracking
  • English language conventions
  • Listening comprehension

Cognitive Skills Developed by
Fast ForWord Literacy

  • Working memory
  • Auditory and visual-spatial working memory
  • Picture-concept associations form long-term memory
  • Visual symbol-sound associations from long-term memory
  • Sustained and focused attention
  • Auditory and linguistic processing
  • Sequencing ability
  • Auditory, visual and cross-modal processing

Fast ForWord Language to Reading consists of Six exercises:

Galaxy Goal

The student helps the soccer player kick goals on the outer-space soccer pitch. This exercise improves identification and discrimination of syllables that differ by an individual phoneme, increasing a student’s phonological fluency and listening accuracy.

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Lunar Tunes

Participants persuade the space musician to drop from the ceiling of the auditorium and play for the audience by matching spoken words in increasingly complex grids of speakers. This exercise improves the participant’s ability to recognise spoken words by using auditory and visual-spatial working memory to locate matching syllables.

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Space Racer

The rider on the space cycle moves faster and faster as the participant correctly identifies the correct sequence of multiple sound sweeps. This exercise improves the speed at which the participant identifies and understands rapid, successive changes in sound (listening accuracy), and improves the participant’s ability to hold sounds in memory.

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Spin Master

As the space DJ spins the discs on the turntable, participants attempt to identify identical sounds.This phonological fluency exercise increases in difficulty across three dimensions: synthetic speech emphasis, presentation rate, phoneme discrimination.

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Stellar Stories

Participants follow spoken directions and also listen to descriptions of activities and events displayed in pictures on their screens. They then select the picture that correctly illustrates the description. This exercise improves skills in listening comprehension, English language conventions, and following directions through a combination of increasingly complex activities.

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Star Pics

Participants click the yellow planet to hear a word pronounced. Four pictures appear on the screen. The participant must then click the picture that represents the pronounced word. Star Pics helps build knowledge of the phonological structure and meaning of words and helps develop the ability to identify spoken words by relying on sound cues alone.

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