BrainFit Training's Fast ForWord Software by Scientific Leaning Is Effective With Many Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders.
If you have questions about the effectiveness of our programs, we will put in contact with our parents!
How BrainFit Training Works for Students
Students, when possible, are assessed to determine which level of software would best meet each individual student's needs. If assessment is not an option, software placement will be determined with parents in a conference. Our software starts with a reading readiness product and can go through high school reading and language skills.
We strongly recommend that students schedule a weekly session in our lab where we provide individualized interventions to assist students in successfully completing products. The students then work on our online software at home three to four more days for 30 to 60 minutes a day.
Parents are welcome to observe as we work with their students so that they can understand both the exercises and the goals of the exercises.
Weekly and/or daily reports are provided so parents can understand where their student are successful and what kind of errors are made. Within about four to six weeks we can tell if the software is making a difference. Some Autistic spectrum students do not interact well with the software. Students must be able to successfully use a computer mouse; however, no keyboarding skills are required. Parents/guardians must stay with their students during the lab sessions. If the software does not appear to be working for your student we will recommend that you discontinue the service.
We do not use contracts and a parent is committed to paying for only one month's service at the time of assessment and enrollment. On average Fast ForWord participants make about 1-year's growth in about 12 weeks using our products.
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Study Indicated Effectiveness of
Scientific Learning's Fast ForWord
With Autism Spectrum Issues
A study by Melzer and Poglitsch (1999) surveyed 34 professionals who implemented the Fast ForWord Language product with 100 children on the autism spectrum nationwide. They reported the following changes:
• 81% of the children who completed the program showed improvements in attention skills for testing, computer activities, structured therapy activities, listening to stories, and/or group activities.
• 83% of the children showed changes in receptive and expressive language skills, including following directions, understanding humor, using new vocabulary, lengthening phrases, verbal fluency, and response to questions.
• 60% of the children showed improvements in speech intelligibility. • 76% of the children showed improved pragmatic skills, including eye contact, appropriate attention-getting behavior, ability to verbally negotiate, and initiation of communication.
• 59% of the children demonstrated improvements in academic performance.
• Overall, 77% of the children increased an average of 1.25 years in age-equivalent scores on standardized language assessment after completing the program (Melzer & Poglitsch, 1999).
From: New views into the science of educating children with autism Emerging developments in neuroscience are forming the basis of promising new treatments for children on the autism spectrum. By Martha S. Burns