Fast ForWord research for attention, ADD and ADHD

A random control study by Courtney Stevens at the University of Oregon found that children who used Fast ForWord showed improvements in the neural mechanisms of selective auditory attention.

The study focuses on three groups: language impaired (SLI) students using the intervention, typically developing students using the intervention, and a control group of typically developing students not using the intervention.

Methodology and measures

Twenty children received Fast ForWord computer training, including 8 with SLI and 12 with typically developing language. An additional 13 children with typically developing langauge received no specialised training. Before and after training, children completed standardised language assessments and an event-related potential (ERP) measure of selective auditory attention. Relative to the control group, children receiving training showed increases in standardised measures of receptive language, as well as larger increases in the effects of attention on neural processing. phonemic decoding ability.


These findings indicate that the neural mechanisms of selective auditory attention can be remediated through training and can accompany improvements on standardised measures of language.


Stevens, C., Fanning, J., Coch, D., Sanders, L., & H Neville (2008). Neural mechanisms of selective auditory attention are enhanced by computerized training: Electrophysiological evidence from language-impaired and typically developing children. Brain Research, 1205, 55-69.

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