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Fast ForWord Program?

Hi everyone,

I'd like to ask about about the auditory training software Fast ForWord. I've been doing some research, and whilst the software's efficacy has been studied with mixed results, I am still considering it as an option for my son. His diagnoses are rather complex including tracking issues, ADD and poor understanding of grapheme-phoneme relationships.

Has anyone tried it? I'd be particularly interested to hear if there it has been attributed any merit by scientists and specialists.


Andrew Rowland
  • Replied by Mom2Boyson Thursday, February 21 2013, 11:52 AM·Hide·#1
    Fast ForWord is a tough one to figure out if it will help. My son did it for 3 months. He has auditory processing disorder as well as significant attention issues plus he was really struggling to learn how to read. After 3 months we saw zero progress. It just didn't do what it promised. Then again, my son's issues seem to be caused by a brain injury, so we found another therapy that helped a lot. He ended up reading by using www.easyreadsystem.com, which was more in line with his style of learning.

    That being said, I have heard other parents say their child had dramatic results with regards to helping auditory function. I have never heard a parent say it helps with attention, although their research claims it does.

    Unfortunately I don't think you can predict if it will help or not. You can just try and then hope it does.
    Replied by Shielson Sunday, February 24 2013, 08:32 AM·Hide·#2
    Have you had his hearing checked by someone with experience in neural development in children. My grandsons both had "glue ear" and did not hear the sounds well enough to make connections at the start.Neuron Learning website has a list of practitioners across the country. The boys had a year on a sound based programme called "Johannsen" this made a significant difference to their "hearing" sounds and making the visual connections.

    They have gone on to do 6 months with "Easyread" and are making very good progress having just turned 7 and 8. I have found "easyread" supportive and involving for the boys. Eye tracking is a key skill and this is well covered in the programme.
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