Dyslexia programs to improve reading, spelling and writing

Our proven online reading programs – Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant – build the underlying skills that support reading, spelling and writing development and then target fluency and comprehension.

Most reading programs provide more and more reading practice or work on phonics skills without first building the underlying skills that support reading and phonics development. This is like building the roof of a house without first building the supporting walls.

Does it work?

Dyslexia program Fast ForWord research stanford university

A research study conducted by Stanford University showed increased activation in the areas of the brain associated with reading, spelling and writing after using Fast ForWord, as well as improvements on tests of reading and language. This research was later replicated at Harvard Medical School.

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Harris is now in year 7 and his test results are around the 80% mark. Before we couldn’t get Harris to read anything and now he takes a book with him when he goes out. It’s nothing for him to be reading 3 novels at a time.Sean, Harris's father

Program progression

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1. Fast ForWord Language/Literacy – builds reading, spelling and writing foundations

  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Auditory processing
  • Sequencing
  • Phonemic awareness
  • Oral language

2. Fast ForWord Reading – builds reading proficiency

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Decoding
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Comprehension
  • Spelling

3. Reading Assistant – builds reading automaticity

  • Accuracy
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension


Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant exercise examples

Fast ForWord Language to Reading online reading programs phonics phonemic awareness

Tomb Trek (from Fast ForWord Language to Reading)

Students discriminate between very similar words presented quickly. Develops the foundations of reading – word analysis, phonological awareness and working memory.

Fast ForWord Reading 3 online reading programs spelling

Chicken Dog (from Fast ForWord Reading 3)

After hearing a word, students must complete the written word by choosing the missing letters or letter combinations, building phonics and spelling skills.

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Reading Assistant

Builds reading fluency and comprehension. Students preview and read the text silently, then listen to a model reading. After answering guided reading comprehension questions, students read the text aloud.

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