Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use Fast ForWord on an iPad®?
Yes! Fast ForWord can be used on an iPad®.
Can I use Fast ForWord on a Chromebook?
Yes! Fast ForWord can be used on a Chromebook.
What headsets should I use?
We recommend using over-the-ear, non-noise cancelling, stereo headsets for Fast ForWord. If you don’t have headsets yet, see our recommended headphones. (Please note: ear buds won't work).
What skills does Fast ForWord work on?
Fast ForWord simultaneously targets literacy & cognitive skills using the principles of neuroplasticity:
Phonics, phonological awareness and word analysis
Grammatical conventions and spelling
Language (following directions) and reading comprehension
Academic vocabulary and inference
Organizational and planning skills for writing
Memory, attention, processing and sequencing
My child has trouble writing - can Fast ForWord help?
Fast ForWord goes way back to the building blocks of writing – skills that you may not even think are involved in writing. You need to have good grammar, vocabulary, and excellent reading comprehension to be able to then write something yourself. Fast ForWord strategies start with the basics and build little by little up to higher level tasks – making sure all the literacy and language skills are there at the foundation, and that your child can access these skills quickly during writing time – not take a long time to generate ideas, plus figure out how to spell, which order to put the sentences in, etc. We work on the processing and memory pieces along with the grammar and vocabulary so that it all comes together when it’s time to write.
My child has a hard time taking tests - can Fast ForWord help?
Does your child know the content, but can’t apply it during testing time? It may be that your child needs extra time to complete work – he/she may know the content, but completes the work too slowly, or not quickly enough during a test. This is a sign of slower processing speed, which Fast ForWord improves.
My child is reading slowly - can Fast ForWord help?
There are many skills involved in reading – but there are also some fundamental areas of weakness that the vast majority of struggling readers have. Reading has been researched so much – and there’s not too much mystery anymore about what’s going wrong. The consensus in research is that there’s an issue with something called phonological processing, which is just a fancy name for the ability to hear sounds in words. This is one of the main culprits. There are plenty of other reasons that children struggle with reading on top of phonological processing, but the beauty of Fast ForWord reading intervention program is that it addresses all of these, simultaneously.
What product should my child start on?
Your Fast ForWord Provider will help to ensure that your child is placed in the right product.
How can I help my child if he or she is struggling in Fast ForWord?
One of the reasons behind the success of Fast ForWord is that it appropriately challenges the learner. Most children will struggle at some point on the Fast ForWord program, this means we have found the area of need and this is why it is so important that you work collaboratively with a highly trained Fast ForWord Provider who will communicate progress, help with any special areas of need, and keep you and your child motivated to get fast results.
Here are some commonly used strategies to stay engaged and making progress while using the Fast ForWord reading intervention program.
Stay engaged – The most efficient way to recognize when your child is struggling is to keep your eye on them while they’re using Fast ForWord!
Review weekly reports with your Fast ForWord Provider– Your Fast ForWord Provider will send you weekly reports and go over these results with you. Comparing reports can indicate when your child starts to struggle, before they are challenged.
Identify the problem – Try using Y-adapters and headphones to listen in on your child’s sessions, and then ask questions to assess their understanding. Does your child understand the purpose of the exercise? Are they focused on the activity at hand?
Focus on improving accuracy - It is not about speed! Consistent accuracy is the most important way to progress in Fast ForWord. Encourage your child to focus on correct answers, not how fast they answer.
Should I use rewards?
Using high achievement scores and points to award more concrete rewards—such as prizes or special recognition—has been shown to improve a child's participation in the exercises. Keep it simple like a "Ticket Reward System."
For every day that your child completes their assigned exercises, they earn a ticket from you. These tickets can then be used to "buy" things. Make sure that you set ticket rewards that your child is interested in earning. Here are some popular examples:
One hour of video game time
A trip to the movie theater
An ice cream cone
A sleep over with a friend
Make it fun!