The special-needs parenting blog at AdoptionBlogs.com has had an interesting series on Fast ForWord, the program by Scientific Learning that uses headphones and computer games to work on auditory processing, memory and attention skills. The program is generally administered by a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), who uses the child's scores to pinpoint areas of need.
Originally just a language program for younger children, Fast ForWord has branched out over the years to include reading programs to increase literacy in middle and high school students. Some schools offer Fast ForWord for their students, and the company makes some pretty lofty claims for how much and how quickly a student can improve. But does it really work?
For the AdoptionBlogs blogger's daughter, it did. She saw significant advances in the first phase of the program and is preparing to move on to the next. For my own daughter ... not so much. We did a less-costly at-home version a number of years ago -- still Fast ForWord, but with the SLP in a consulting capacity as opposed to an administrative one. It didn't hurt, and it might have been mildly helpful. No dramatic leaps, though. My children seem to be constitutionally unable to make dramatic leaps. We're a slow and steady bunch, helped a little bit by everything and not a whole lot by anything.
Has your child tried Fast ForWord? Share your experience on this and any other programs you've been successful (or not) with over the years.