Fast ForWord Frequently Asked Questions
What is Fast ForWord?
Fast ForWord® is an online intervention that dramatically improves language and reading achievement. It is different from other interventions because it strengthens the key pathways in the brain that help children learn, so they can pay closer attention to their teachers, absorb information faster, and remember what they are taught.
The program addresses reading and language skills while concurrently developing foundational cognitive skills like memory, attention, processing, and sequencing (MAPS). These cognitive skills are central to all learning, resulting in improved outcomes for reading and other subject areas, including mathematics. Fast ForWord is different from other reading intervention because the product was designed by neuroscientists who are experts in how the brain learns.
Each learner using the Fast ForWord program is placed at the right starting level based on our specialists’ recommendation and your concerns, and then follows a differentiated learning path that adapts with every click of the mouse. This ensures that each participant gets the individualized instruction they need.
The online Fast ForWord program is easy to use across many settings and devices (desktops, laptops, and iPads). Learners can use the program anytime and anywhere! Detailed graphs sent to parents on a weekly basis show progress at a very detailed level. This allows us to respond immediately when a learner needs extra support to progress.
Students using the Fast ForWord program can raise their language and/or reading skill level up to 2 years in as little as 3 months. More than 250 research studies prove that the Fast ForWord program can help build better learners with diverse student populations.
The Fast ForWord® program is based on over 30 years of research into how the brain learns.
The program traces its origins to the brain plasticity research of Scientific Learning’s founding scientists, who first introduced the program in 1995. With over 55 patents in neuroscience and education, Fast ForWord delivers dramatic results for even your most struggling of readers.
Fast ForWord was first provided by Aspire Speech & Learning Center in 1996, and is still Central California’s premier provider of the Fast ForWord family of products. We often integrate Fast ForWord with other speech therapy and academic enrichment programs in a comprehensive language and learning approach that is unique to Aspire.
What are the differences between the Fast ForWord programs and levels?
Click on the level(s) you would like to learn more about:
Fast ForWord Language Series Fast ForWord Literacy Series Fast ForWord Reading Series
What are the technical specifications for running Fast ForWord?
The program is web-based, so it operates seamlessly across multiple devices. You can complete the program on a laptop one day and on an iPad the next! The program’s tablet versions are currently only available on the Apple iPad. For more detailed technical information, view the below PDF file.
Are headphones required?
Yes, headphones are a requirement for all Fast ForWord programs. They should be a high-quality stereo set of over-the-ear headphones that are NOT noise-cancelling. This ensures that the student can best hear the subtle differences in sounds and words, while still having to filter out background noise and distractions (instead of having the headphones do that for them). Y-Cord Adapters are recommended to allow for parents or tutors to observe, coach, and motivate the student to do their best while completing the program. The coach does not need special headphones; they may use earbuds or other over-the-ear headphones.
To simplify the process, we have reasonably-priced headphones and Y-Cord adapters for sale at Aspire Speech & Learning Center that you may purchase when you sign up for the program.
Fast ForWord / Reading Assistant Technical Specifications
I’m interested in the program, but I would like a demonstration of the program and consultation with your specialists first. How do I set that up?
We offer free thirty-minute demonstrations of Fast ForWord with our Academic Program Coordinator. They will guide you in the right direction based upon your student’s individualized needs. If you have additional concerns that may need to be addressed (regarding speech and/or academic areas), those concerns can also be reviewed at that time or a separate consultation can be set up for those.
To set up a Fast ForWord Demonstration, you can either request one online or call our office at (559) 228-9100.
How do I sign up for the program?
If you schedule a demonstration with our staff, we will have paperwork ready for you to complete at the conclusion of the demo, if you choose to sign up. If you would like to sign up without a demo, either call our office at (559) 228-9100 to sign up over the phone, or visit our office to complete the sign up paperwork in person.
Pricing / Payment
How much does the program cost?
The program costs $250 per month for the first three months, and $125 for every month after that.
Are discounts available?
Yes, we have two discounts available:
Three Month Bundle Discount: Purchasing the first three months of the program up front gives you a 15% discount off of that cost.
Signing Up Two or More Students Discount: Signing up two or more students for the program at the same time will give you a 15% discount off the cost of the first contract for one of the students.
There is a maximum discount of 15% per family, per contract.
Does insurance cover the cost of the Fast ForWord program?
In certain instances. Please contact us for more information regarding insurance coverage.
Can I cover the cost of the program via a Payment Plan?
Yes, we have payment plan options available. Please contact us for more information.
Can both/all of my children use the same Fast ForWord account?
No, each account is individualized from the very beginning based upon the assigned student’s correct/incorrect responses to the exercises every day. Since the program automatically adjusts to where the student is, another student using the same account will muddle the results and make the program ineffective for both students.
Will I receive a reminder when my contract’s expiration date is approaching?
Yes, you will receive an email notification. It will give you more information on who to contact and how to renew the program.
How do I renew the program?
If you are currently using the program:
Call or visit our office and let us know that you would like to renew your Fast ForWord contract. Our front office staff will be able to assist you in collecting payment and processing the continuation of your Fast ForWord program.
If you used the program in the past and are looking to restart:
Contact our Academic Program Coordinator for more information on how to restart your access to the program. You will be able to discuss previous progress, current status, and future goals in relation to how the program can help you or your student.
I’ve run into errors or bugs with the Fast ForWord program. Who do I contact to get this resolved?
Firstly, contact our Academic Program Coordinator to alert them of the issue.
Secondly, contact Scientific Learning’s product support team via phone or email. They will be able to walk you through how to resolve the problem or better address the issue in the future.
My student is has completed all the exercises in their current level. What’s next?
Firstly, reward them for their awesome achievement, they deserve it! Secondly, contact our Academic Program Coordinator to decide what to do next. We usually recommend moving the student up to the next level in their current program series (language, literacy, or reading). If the student has completed both levels in the Language or Literacy series, we can move them up to a Reading level that matches their current reading proficiency.
My student reports that the exercises are boring or too easy. What do we do?
If the student reports that the Language or Literacy levels are too boring or easy, we can blend those levels with Reading level that matches their current reading proficiency. This gives them a new set of exercises to complete alongside the old ones, which usually motivates them to do both. Notify our Academic Program Coordinator with your concerns, and recommendations and changes to your program will be made.
If you need more tips on how to motivate your student to do well, see the below document and video from Scientific Learning:
How do I judge the effectiveness of the Fast ForWord program?
The effectiveness of the program can be judged in a variety of different ways. The most tangible results are improvements in school performance and behavior. Parents have also observed changes in their student’s behavior at home and in social interactions. Parents can also observe the rate of completion (and progress) on the weekly emailed Completion Report.