Kierstin Hatt
Consulting Sociologist
Associate Professor of Sociology



Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant by Scientific Learning

Scientific Learning’s online products are available to help children’s auditory processing, 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 language, learning and reading success.

Fast ForWord

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 reading program provides online programing for learners to 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 read 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.