Tuesday
Jun302015

Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant by Scientific Learning™

Looking for Brain-Boosting Reading and Language Supports for Children? 

Distance services are available for these online game-based programs so they can be available anywhere you have online access. They may be used on their own or with other interventions or therapies. 

Scientific Learning’s online products are available to help students’ reading and language skills, as well as to accelerate their learning and improve their ability to retain knowledge. Using research supported programs, children can quickly build the cognitive skills essential for learning and reading success, and can realize achievement gains of up to two years in as little as three months.

Fast ForWord by Scientific Learning™

Based on more than 30 years of research, Fast ForWord® is an online game-based intervention that dramatically improves language and reading achievement. Fast ForWord is designed for learners working at, above or below grade level, and it is also appropriate for learners with a range of clinical needs. 

Fast ForWord 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.

By building cognitive skills in the areas of memory, attention, processing, and sequencing, learners can realize achievement gains of up to two years in as little as three months and maintain an accelerated rate of learning even after the programs end. These cognitive skills are central to all learning, resulting in improved outcomes for reading and other subject areas, too.

Individualized and Differentiated

Each learner using the Fast ForWord program is placed at their own starting level, then follows their own learning path that adapts with every click of the mouse. This ensures that each learner gets the individualized instruction needed at the right pace. 

Easy to Use

The Fast ForWord program is easy to use from any computer online. Learners can use the program anytime and anywhere. Easy-to-read reports have graphs showing detailed progress and challenges. Your consultant uses these to respond quickly when a learner needs extra support to progress. 

Research-Supported Results

Fast ForWord is different from other reading intervention because it was designed by expert neuroscientists based on over 30 years of research into how the brain learns. With over 55 patents in neuroscience and education and more than 250 research studies, the Fast ForWord program can raise learners’ language and/or reading skill level up to 2 years in as little as 3 months.

Reading Assistant by Scientific Learning™

The Reading Assistant online reading program provides a reading coach for every student - anytime, anywhere! With Reading Assistant, learners can preview vocabulary, listen to a modeled fluent reading of a passage, and read the passage orally. Through its speech recognition technology, Reading Assistant “listens” to each student as he or she reads aloud. It then provides guided oral reading support through real-time corrective feedback at the moment it is most effective, allowing the student to self-correct and learn from errors. Clickable glossary words with definitions build vocabulary, and “Think About It” questions and quizzes at the end of each selection help strengthen comprehension.

The Reading Assistant program combines advanced speech recognition technology with research-based reading instruction to help students strengthen their reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

Individualized and Differentiated

The Reading Assistant program features a range of reading levels to support readers at any age or reading level. Students of diverse ages and ability levels can benefit, including struggling readers, and more advanced readers who are reading at or above grade level.

Reading Assistant is the only online reading software that uses speech recognition technology to “listen” to students as they read out loud, intervene when the student needs help, and automatically score students’ oral reading. Online customized programs are available from any computer which respond to the child’s performance in real time, adjusting to their needs instantly.

Easy to Use

Online access makes the program easy to implement from any computer online. Students can see their own progress and monitor their own improvement on reading selections. Providers can use data to determine students’ areas of need regarding comprehension, fluency, etc.

Research-Supported Results

Research shows that learning to read with fluency and comprehension depends heavily on individually guided practice and support. With Reading Assistant, students can improve their reading grade level up to 50% more than students receiving classroom instruction alone.  

Tuesday
Jun302015

Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) Therapy

These services have been designed to be delivered in-home, or long distance in order to meet your needs in your own homes and communities. They may be used on their own or with other interventions or therapies. Equipment rental is available. 

Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) Therapy is also available in Invermere, BC. 

What is iLs?

iLs is a music-based, multi-sensory program for improving brain function. It is an enjoyable activity to improve brain integration, and quality of life. iLs offers a ‘boot camp’ for your brain. 

Who Can Benefit from iLs?

iLs is clinically effective with the following:

  • Stress, Sleep and Relaxation
  • Performance Optimization
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Psychological & Emotional Well-Being
  • Learning and Learning Disabilities
  • Sensory Processing Disorders & Difficulties
  • Neuro-Developmental Therapy
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADD/ADHD
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Rehabilitation and Cognitive Functioning
  • Brain Integration for Overall Well-Being

How Does Integrated Listening Systems (iLs™) Therapy Work?

iLs programs include acoustically modified classical music with frequencies correlated to certain brain functions. The music is listened to with special headphones, and while listening, the user engages in specific exercises that maximize brain integration. 

iLs is based on the fact that we can change our brain – we can essentially re-wire it through specific and repeated stimulation, a concept known as neuroplasticityiLs trains for brain/body integration through a staged approach, starting with the fundamentals of sensory integration and then extending through more complex cognitive functions.

iLs is a music-based multi-sensory program for improving brain function. It is an enjoyable activity, or “exercise,” which can be customized for all ages and skill levels for implementation. iLs programs improve brain integration. The result is that you gain confidence as you acquire new skills, and you are also challenged to improve and to meet the new levels of difficulty.  As you continue this training process, your fundamental ability to process information improves. With improved regulation and processing, our ability to focus, think, and engage successfully in social situations also improves.

Get in touch with me to see how you can start to change your brain, to change your mind,
to change your life!

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