Almost every day, we hear parents talking about their child’s struggle with reading, inability to pay attention, or difficulty listening to and understanding what their teacher is saying in class. These parents would be pleased to know that an online-based program backed by over thirty years of independent research could make a difference for their child in as little as 30 minutes a day.


Fast ForWord targets the foundational skills for learning. Fast ForWord does what no other intervention can do: it starts with cognitive skills like memory, attention, processing speed, and sequencing and works from the bottom up, using the principles of neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life). It aims to remediate the underlying difficulties that keep struggling readers and English language learners from making progress.


Aspire Speech & Learning Center is proud to be a private provider for the Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant programs developed by Scientific Learning. Recently, we came across three parent success stories that we thought were too good not to share. Check them out!


Amanda VanDeWege’s story about her daughter

Four weeks into Fast ForWord


“My DD is READING!!! She is reading over my shoulder as I type. She is reading sentences in books. She is reading labels in the stores as we walk by.  This is amazing!  She has been learning to read for over two years…Her working memory capacity is also noticeably increased in that she can play the sound memory game now without difficulty.  This is evident in her reading in that she can now read a whole 5-7 word sentence all the way through once and remember the beginning words.”


Samantha Taylor’s story about her son

3-7 weeks of Fast ForWord


“We see it in the classroom,” his teacher said. “He’s paying more attention because he is processing more of what we are saying.” I remembered that Joey’s private speech therapist had recently noticed that the past few weeks he was more relaxed, cracking more jokes, and flying through exercises that he had struggled with. “It’s just going to get better from here,” the teacher exclaimed.


Tess Messer’s story about her son

Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) and ADHD

“My son has been using an CAPD software program called Fast ForWord that has helped him tremendously. It works to improve and increase language skills and it also works on auditory memory and on reducing detailed information to a more basic representation. He has completed his second module and his auditory processing and language skills have improved tremendously.” 


A large number of the parents who have had their children complete Fast ForWord with us over the years have written testimonials of their own. We are always happy to hear about how the program has helped so many struggling learners become successful students!


To learn more about Fast ForWord, visit the Online Programs section of our website, or contact us for a free demonstration of the program!




Kurt Dragomanovich

Academic Program Coordinator