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Fast ForWord & Dyslexia: International Dyslexia Association

Posted by David Stanley on March 9, 2017 at 12:37 PM

David Stanley

LearnFast provides the Fast ForWord program to schools in Australia and New Zealand.

A teacher from one of the schools using Fast ForWord sent us an email saying:  “ One of the students has dyslexia and the mother will not let the child do Fast ForWord because of this Blog from an official publication of the International Dyslexia Association.”

It is difficult for parents to source objective and informed opinions to help them make decisions to help their child. How sad for them when incomplete information like this International Dyslexia Association blog from 2011 makes them fearful.

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Topics: Dyslexia, Fast ForWord

How to Create Successful Readers: 5 Articles from Scientific Learning

Posted by Peter Barnes on March 29, 2016 at 12:19 PM

Peter Barnes

What do teachers need to do to make sure students become successful readers?

Scientific Learning Corporation, the developer of the Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant programs, has published five easy to read articles about the components of reading success.

In this blog, I have summarised the articles. You can read them in full by clicking on the links.

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Topics: Learning Difficulties, Comprehension, Brain Science, Dyslexia, Reading, Fast ForWord, Literacy

USA Congress Dyslexia Testimony - Fast ForWord Founder Dr Paula Tallal

Posted by Peter Barnes on October 16, 2015 at 10:10 AM

Peter Barnes


Dr Paula Tallal, one of the four neuroscientists who developed the Fast ForWord brain training and reading development programs, has given testimony to the USA Congress about dyslexia.

Speaking on Sept 30, 2015 to a Congress hearing on the Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia (READ) Act, Dr Tallal's testimony included these points:

  • There is an epidemic of reading failure that we have both the scientific evidence and the interventions to treat.
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Topics: Dyslexia, Fast ForWord

Poor Listening Skills - Could it be Auditory Processing Disorder?

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 24, 2015 at 5:04 PM

Peter Barnes

Do you have a child or student with poor listening skills?

At home you might ask your child to do something like, "go and put on your school clothes, get your jacket and put your library book in your school bag". He or she may look confused or just say "huh", or actually go and just get one or two of the three things done.

In the classroom, the student with poor listening skills will have trouble keeping up with classroom discussions, following instructions and learning information when it is presented to them by the teacher's voice.

Parents and teachers often assume that children like this are deliberately ignoring them, have something wrong with their hearing, or are just not paying attention.  They could be right, but if the child's hearing is fine, their poor listening skills may be due to an auditory processing disorder (APD).

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Topics: Auditory Processing Disorder, Dyslexia, Fast ForWord

Brain Wave Research: Fast ForWord Aids Language-Based Learning Problems

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 18, 2015 at 9:46 AM

Peter Barnes

Do you know what this means?:

"Brain wave oscillation bands appear to be a major mechanism co-ordinating billions of nerves across different brain regions to perform even basic cognitive tasks such as paying attention to someone who is talking and understanding what they are saying."

It's about brain science, langauge learning and reading, and it may help your children or students.

For most of us brain science is mysterious, a field of knowledge open only to neuroscientists. Much of what we read about how our brains work, how brains learn and what can go wrong with them is written by people who have no special knowledge of brain science. They are generally reporting summarised conclusions of scientific research.

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Topics: Auditory Processing Disorder, Brain Science, Dyslexia, Fast ForWord

Struggling Readers Need Programs Based on Science - Melbourne Age & Fast ForWord

Posted by David Stanley on September 16, 2015 at 2:14 PM

David Stanley

A recent article in the Melbourne Age newspaper titled “Children with learning difficulties need programs based on science, not anecdote and neurobabble”makes some valid points but misses key information about how the neuroscience-based program Fast ForWord helps with Dyslexia.

The author focused on children with reading difficulties, including dyslexia.

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Topics: Learning Difficulties, Brain Science, Dyslexia, Reading, Literacy

Learning Capacity Podcast: Conversations About Learning & Neuroscience

Posted by Peter Barnes on July 15, 2015 at 1:41 PM

Peter Barnes

How do you like to get your information and learn new things? By reading?  Watching videos? Attending classes? Listening to audio? 

Probably some combination of these. They all have their benefits and drawbacks depending on your preferred learning style (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic) what you're trying to learn, and where you are at the time.

Listening to audio, for example the radio or podcasts, has the advantage of allowing you to do something else at the same time. I don't read when I'm driving, of course, or while getting breakfast. But I do listen to the news and current affairs programs and also to podcasts that interest me.

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Topics: Auditory Processing Disorder, Following Instructions, Brain Science, Dyslexia, Learning Capacity, Podcasts

Auckland Uni Reviews 15 Programs for Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & ADHD

Posted by Peter Barnes on June 12, 2015 at 4:43 PM

Peter Barnes

A team of academics from Auckland University’s Centre for Brain Research and School of Psychology has produced an objective overview of 15 computer-based and group or whole class behavioural intervention programs that are designed to remediate learning disorders.

They point out that advances in the scientific understanding of disorders such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have paved the way for the development of programs aimed at helping the  estimated one in five students with these disorders.

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Topics: Latest Research, Learning Difficulties, Dyslexia, Reading

What's the Latest in Neuroscience, Working Memory, Attention & Autism?

Posted by Peter Barnes on May 19, 2015 at 2:38 PM

Peter Barnes

At a recent neuroscience conference in the USA, I heard Dr Martha Burns give a wide-ranging talk summarising the latest neuroscience research about learning and learning disorders. She related the latest research findings to how the Fast ForWord & Reading Assistant programs improve language skills, reading and learning capacity for many children.

Dr Burns is a neuroscientist, author of over 100 journal articles and multiple books, and a leading expert on how children learn.  Her talk covered topics including autism, attention & listening skills, working memory, self-regulation & cognitive control, dyslexia, intelligent tutoring systems, the neuroscience of learning, goal setting, and what's next for neuroscience. 

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Topics: Attention, Latest Research, Dyslexia, Memory, Autism, Confidence & Resilience, Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity

New Dyslexia Research & Fast ForWord by Dr Martha Burns

Posted by Peter Barnes on May 19, 2015 at 12:33 PM

Peter Barnes

"What's the new research on dyslexia", asked Dr Martha Burns in a recent presentation.

Dr Martha Burns is a neuroscientist, author of over 100 journal articles and multiple books, and a leading expert on how children learn. 

She explained, "Well, this just came out in the journal 'Biological Psychiatry' this year on the disruption of functional brain networks in dyslexia. It's from Dr Sally Shaywitz 's laboratory.

Neuroscientists are trying to figure out what distinguishes a child with dyslexia from a typically developing child. Is there a way we can identify dyslexia based on understanding the brain? What is it about the brain that's different? 

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Topics: Brain Science, Dyslexia

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