6 Skills Fast ForWord Home Can Help Your Child Improve

August 15, 2019

 

School is out and summer break is in full swing for most kids! While the fear of a ‘summer slide’ is very real when kids aren’t in school, it can be easier to ignore how hard school is for your child when they aren’t there every day. When you’re not confronted with assignments or regular feedback from a teacher, it’s less obvious that there’s something holding your child back. Most parents we talk to tell us that their child is extremely bright, but school is harder than it should be for them. Summer is a great time to address the issues head-on and set your child up for success!

 

Here at Fast ForWord, we talk to a lot of parents, educators, and professionals every day. Our program was based on the research that shows certain mental exercises can improve the cognitive processes behind many learning issues. Some of the children who use Fast ForWord Home have been diagnosed with ADHD, auditory processing disorder, dyslexia or another learning disability. Other parents we talk to just know that their child struggles with reading or focusing.  Fast ForWord is an online language and reading intervention software that targets learning struggles at their core, starting in the brain. After a few weeks, 96% of parents report their child is reading better, understanding more, is more focused, or completing homework more easily. Many note improvement in several of these areas simultaneously. So, what are the skills that Fast ForWord can help your child improve?   

 

Processing Rate - The brain’s speed and efficiency in managing and organizing information. 

  • Why It’s Important: Your child’s processing rate powers all literacy development, from learning to talk to learning to read to writing proficiently. How accurately and quickly your child can process sounds and words impacts how they take in and react to the world around them.

 

Attention - The ability to focus and pay careful attention to details. 

  • Why It’s Important: Paying attention is the foundation of learning. Many children who have trouble with focus and attention don't process information efficiently, which makes listening and reading more difficult. 

 

Recall & Retention - The ability to retrieve information from memory. 

  • Why It’s Important: When your child learns something new, they need to retain and recall that information in order to grasp the new concept and apply it in the future. 

 

Sequencing - The ability to put information in the correct order. 

  • Why It’s Important: Sequencing is important for your child to process and comprehend information, it requires higher-order thinking skills and helps them organize their thoughts and the information they’ve learned. It is necessary for problem-solving.

 

Reading and Literacy Skills - Skills such as phonemic awareness, phonics, and auditory discrimination of sounds and sound sequencing. 

  • Why It’s Important: These are the foundational skills your child needs to read successfully. Reading successfully is the basis of all academic learning.

 

Vocabulary and Grammar - The ability to understand the meaning of words and the rules for written and oral language. 

  • Why It’s Important: Your child needs to understand what the words they read and hear mean, and how to use them. These skills are key to reading comprehension and communication.

 

With preparation, practice, and reinforcement through Fast ForWord Home, parents report improvements not just in reading, but in self-esteem, confidence, and in other academics as well. Children can pay attention longer, complete homework with less help, follow multi-step directions, read better, and understand more.

 

How Does It Work?

 

 

When used for a minimum of 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week, Fast ForWord Home can make a fast and permanent change to your child's foundational processing, attention and working memory skills in as little as two months. Our software address the root causes of reading issues, instead of working around them, through intensive, personalized practice. Best of all, our software looks and feels like a game to students!

 

Fast ForWord Home helps children, from elementary school, through middle school, and through high school, who struggle with reading difficulties, auditory processing disorder, dyslexia, speech or language impairment, autism, ADD/ADHD, a learning disability, or who are at risk for falling behind. By making fast and permanent improvements in the areas that keep many learners struggle with, Fast ForWord gives your child the chance to become an expert learner and reader from home. Learn more about what the next step can look like for your family by contacting Fast ForWord Home with questions!

 

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