Brain Training 1 (Literacy) for teenagers and adults
Fast ForWord Literacy software uses the same principles as Fast ForWord Language however graphics are geared for older viewers.
Skills worked on:
- Auditory discrimination — required for automatic decoding
- Language structures — for comprehension
- Working memory — to retain and think about what is read and heard
- Listening comprehension — to develop metacognition
- Phonological fluency — automatic decoding for reading comprehension
*After Fast ForWord Literacy, most students progress to Fast ForWord Literacy Advanced.
Description of Exercises
The goal is to identify and discriminate syllables that differ by an individual phoneme, by listening to a series of sounds and clicking a button when the sound changes. This automates phonological fluency and listening accuracy, the building blocks to reading fluency. The need to wait for the sound to change improves focus and attention.
The goal is to listen to one word/syllable from each and match up each pair of speakers that play the same word/syllable. This exercise improves the ability to recognize spoken words by using auditory and visual-spatial working memory to locate matching syllables.
The goal is to identify each sweep in a sequence by clicking the up and down arrows in the same sequence as the sounds are presented. This exercise improves the speed at which one identifies and understands fast, successive changes in sound (listening accuracy), and improves the participant’s ability to hold sounds in memory (working memory).
**This is the heart of the Fast ForWord program, the exercise that first confirmed reading to be language skill. Most struggling readers find this exercise a challenge. It helps sequencing working memory and auditory processing speed and accuracy.
The goal is to identify identical sounds.
This helps phonological fluency, phonological accuracy and phonological memory.
The goal is to follow spoken directions and listen to descriptions of activities and events displayed in pictures on their screens. After which students choose the picture that correctly illustrates the description. This exercise improves skills in listening comprehension, English language conventions, and following directions through a combination of increasingly complex activities.
The goal is to click the picture that represents the stated word. Star Pics helps build knowledge of the phonological structure and meaning of words and helps develop the ability to identify spoken words by relying on sound cues alone.