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Children Teenagers Adults Fast ForWord in Schools
Callan, 16, Western Australia
I think he has learnt more from [the Fast ForWord] program than he has in his entire 13 years at school.
Josh, teenager, Queensland
Reading and writing difficulties
Josh’s confidence has really improved, he doesn’t feel as unintelligent as he did last year. It has given him the ability to believe in himself. I’m so glad I found this program and gave it a chance – not only did it help my son with his reading ability it also helped him with his school work and self confidence. This program is not just for little kids – it can help all ages. I would recommend this program to anyone who is having trouble with literacy.
H, 15 years old, Western Australia
Reading, spelling and writing
As parents, we are so pleased that H took ownership of bettering himself and significantly developing his spelling, literacy and comprehension skills through participating in the Fast ForWord program.
Felix, 17 years old, Queensland
Felix has worked very hard this term with his Fast ForWord training. He recently had to do some reading at the formal school assembly. I was amazed at how well he read. No one listening would have realised he had ever had difficulties.
Megan, 13 years old, Queensland
Language and Learning Delay
I am the mother of a 13 year old girl who started Fast ForWord when she was 12 years old. Fast ForWord is a brilliant program and my daughter loved it from the very beginning.
Giulia, 18 years old, Brazil
Dyslexic and English Language Learner
In a little over a year my life changed completely, I do very well in school and my old difficulties were remedied quickly.
St Patrick’s College, QLD
Interview with Exceptional Learners staff
In 2013 and 2014, St Patrick’s College in Shorncliffe, Queensland has enrolled over twenty students from Years 5 to 10 in the Fast ForWord program. Elizabeth Gibb (Head Of Curriculum), Donna Flannagan, Anita Willis and Rosemary Butt (Teacher Aides) share their Fast ForWord experience.
Northpine Christian College, QLD
Interview with Linda Hunter, Learning Support teacher and Fast ForWord Coordinator
In 2013 and 2014, Northpine Christian College in Queensland has enrolled some of their struggling students—from Year 1 to 11—in the Fast ForWord program. Sonic Learning spoke with Linda Hunter, Learning Support teacher and Fast ForWord Coordinator about their Fast ForWord experience.
Burnett State College, QLD
Frances Conroy, Teacher, wanted to improve literacy outcomes for her students
“We are running Fast ForWord again next year,” says Frances.
Townsville State High School, QLD
Denise Reeves talks about their Fast ForWord experience
During 2013, Townsville State High School enrolled 20 students, from years 8 to 12, in the Fast ForWord program. Sonic Learning spoke to Year 12 teacher and Fast ForWord Coach Denise Reeves.
Arahoe School, NZ
Richard Limberick, Principal, used Fast ForWord as part of a learning support program
As a school, we were looking for programs that would support children who we saw as underachieving in the literacy area … we see Fast ForWord as an added advantage to sessional classroom reading … it works for us, and I’ve got no doubt that if it’s implemented in similar ways, it’ll work for all kids.
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Kawungan State School, QLD
Rachel Burke, Teacher, was very impressed by Fast ForWord's results
After finding out about Fast ForWord’s impressive track record, I jumped through hoops to run the program in our school. We finally managed to enrol a group of 20 students by approaching parents for funding.
Our goal was to improve general classroom performance and we mainly targeted students with auditory processing and phonological awareness weaknesses as well as students with reading and attention difficulties.
We followed Sonic Learning’s direction to implement the program well and were very impressed with the results. Next year we are again running the program with 20 students.
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Westminster Junior Primary School, WA
Peter Mulcahy, Principal, talks about their Fast ForWord experience
“The post assessments showed marked improvements in phonological awareness,” says Peter Mulcahy, principal.
“It’s hard to name one thing I like about the program most but one thing was the joy on the kids faces, the joy of the staff working with the kids, the sense of achievement that they got from seeing children succeed,”
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Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, QLD
Joanne, Teacher, reports on how Fast ForWord helped one of her students
“This program has turned his attitude around in all his learning areas,” says Joanne.
Santa Maria College, WA
Andrea Dopson, Teacher, wanted to help struggling students
“We decided to trial the program with a group of five students who were experiencing a range of learning difficulties stemming from weak working memory and slow processing,” Andrea told Sonic Learning.
Wynn Vale R-7 School, SA
A group of students aged 11-13 showed significant improvements in auditory processing skills after participating in the Fast ForWord program, with the group moving into the normal range on all measures.
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Narooma Public School, NSW
On every area of the curriculum assessed by the NAPLAN assessment, the average growth from year 3 to year 5 of all the students who had completed Fast ForWord was greater than the average growth of the students who had not completed the program.
Yorkwoods Public School, Canada
Click the image to the right to see inside the Yorkwoods Fast ForWord computer lab.
“The students are enjoying what they’re doing, and they’re working hard.”
“I’ve been in special ed for about 30 years, I’ve never seen a program like this…when a student starts to falter, we can see right away…I think the Fast ForWord program is spectacular.” – Robert Lines, Teacher
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