“For many of my students in my early days as an educator, it might take me 3, 4, 5 years to make 6 to 8 months of solid improvement. Now, with this particular technology, we’re seeing that kind of result within weeks,” explains Bridges Academy director, Jacky Egli.
The computer exercises work to build a child's attention span and memory and also helps them process what they're hearing. Those skills transfer directly to reading. “The beauty of this particular exercise or series of products is that it is very efficient, very customized for the individual learner,” Egli says. “It's very prescriptive.”
In fact, Egli says in six to eight weeks Fast Forword can improve a child's reading level by multiple grades and MRI scans, pre and post training, show an increase in brain activity in kids with dyslexia. “For many of my students, in my early days as an educator, it might take me three, four, five years to make six to eight months of solid improvement,” Egli says. “Now with this particular type of technology, we're seeing that kind of result in weeks.”
There is also an adult version of the product series for the aging brain.
Early speech expressive problems are frequently due to poor phonological awareness. Often students with early speech difficulties eventually acquire a 'dyslexia' diagnosis. When the speech problems eventually clear up, it is assumed that the problem has disappeared. In fact, the underlying phonological difficulties can remain and manifest themselves as reading/spelling difficulties.
And it can be the other way round too. Pupils with poor articulation due to physical difficulties eg cerebral palsy affecting the throat and mouth can find it difficult to learn to spell and read. I think this might be partly due to not being able to have the constant monitoring feedback given by saying sounds oneself while looking at the grapheme.
Using the diagnostic tools in Fast ForWord we can identify the issues precisely.