The Fast ForWord programme has a unique feature in its patented Acoustically Modified Speech Technology, which slows down the so-called stop sounds such as b, d, p which cannot be slowed down by a human voice. By slowing down the sounds, many students with auditory processing difficulties are able to accurately hear these sounds for the first time. This gives them the opportunity to train their brain to process these sounds with increased accuracy. A number of studies have been conducted to evaluate the effects of Fast ForWord training on Auditory Processing Disorder. What follows is a summary of the results of a number of these studies.
Auburn University – Children Improve Auditory Processing and Show Evidence of Neuroplastic Changes
The researchers evaluated brainstem responses to speech sounds in elementary school children who participated in the Fast ForWord program 50 minutes a day, five days a week for eight weeks. The researchers found that the Fast ForWord program not only improved auditory processing skills and listening skills, but they found evidence of brain changes in the children with APD. These neuroplastic changes in brain function occurred in regions specific to and important for accurate listening and language processing.
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Rutgers University – Children Improve Brain Wave Efficiency, Rapid Auditory Processing Accuracy and Language
In this study, twenty-one elementary school students diagnosed with language learning impairment (LLI) participated in Fast ForWord intervention for an average of 32 days. The students were assessed both before and after the training using standardized tests and EEG recordings. A control group of twelve children with no language difficulties were also included in the study. They received the same testing, but no training. The study concluded that the Fast ForWord Language program improves at least one measure of the brain wave efficiency and that is in turn correlated with improvements both in RAP accuracy and also language skills.
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University of Western Australia – Improved Reading Skills and Behaviour in Children with APD
Students in Singapore diagnosed with (C)APD demonstrated significant gains in reading skills after using Fast ForWord in a study conducted through the University of Western Australia. Two groups of students from a public primary school in Singapore used the Fast ForWord Language program. One group consisted of students who were poor readers and the other groupd consisted of students who were diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder. Both groups decoding were tested to determine their decoding and sight word recognition abilities, before and after Fast ForWord training and both groups demonstrated significant gains in both these skill areas.