Fast ForWord Brain Training I (Language)

Fast ForWord Brain Training 1 consists of seven exercises: three sound exercises and four word exercises. Exercises work on phonemes, sounds, and the difference between them.

In combination, these exercises improve understanding of basic speech sounds and language structures along with the basic cognitive skills that are necessary for successful learning.

The sound exercises present complex auditory information in a sub-word format, such as frequency sweeps and syllable sounds. Speech sounds are digitally altered to provide enhanced learning opportunities.

The three sound exercises are: Sky Gym, Moon Ranch and Hoop Nut

The word exercises present words, either in isolation or within sentences with different levels of language complexity. In some instances, the speech sounds have been digitally altered to provide enhanced learning opportunities.

The four word exercises are: Whalien Match, El-Bot Robo Dog, Space Commander

Description of Exercises

 

Sound based exercises

Sky gym

Sky Gym improves the speed at which students identify and understand fast changes in sound (listening accuracy), and the ability to recognize and remember the order in which a series of sounds is presented (auditory sequencing).

The goal is to help Gymbo, the athlete, train for the gym by correctly differentiating between two sound sweeps.

Moon Ranch

Moon Ranch improves the ability to identify and manipulate speech sounds in a quick and efficient manner (phonological fluency), to remain focused on a task while ignoring distractions (sustained attention), and their capacity to hold speech sounds in memory (phonological memory).

The goal is to click when there is a change in a repeated sound.

Hoop Nut

Hoop Nut improves the ability to make correct distinctions based on individual phonemes (phonological accuracy), the ability to identify and manipulate speech sounds in a quick and efficient manner (phonological fluency), and the capacity for holding speech sounds in memory (phonological memory).

The goal is to identify a target syllable when presented in a sequence of two syllables. Students select the nut representing the sound they first heard. Students must make a correct distinction based on individual sounds (phonemes) and remember the sound (phonological memory).

Word based exercises

Whalien Match

Whalien Match improves the ability to accurately identify spoken words by relying on sound cues alone, without the aid of visual or context cues (auditory word recognition). It also helps develop the capacity for holding speech sounds in memory (phonological memory), the ability to identify and manipulate speech sounds in a quick and efficient manner (phonological fluency), and the ability to make correct distinctions based on individual phonemes (phonological accuracy).

Whalien Match is a memory game based on sound. Students match all the syllables and words into pairs using the fewest clicks when clicking on the correct Whalien. This exercise improves the student’s ability to recognize spoken words by using auditory and visual-spatial working memory to locate matching syllables.

Robo-Dog

Robo-Dog helps build knowledge of the phonological structure and meaning of words (vocabulary), and helps develop the ability to accurately identify spoken words by relying on sound cues alone, without the aid of visual or context cues (auditory word recognition). Robo-Dog also improves the ability to make correct distinctions based on individual phonemes (phonological accuracy), and the ability to identify and manipulate speech sounds in a quick and efficient manner (phonological fluency).

The goal is to identify the matching picture.
**Minimal adult assistance is required for 1-2 games to translate several words. A word list is provided when needed.

Ele-Bot

Ele-Bot improves students’ understanding of the relationship between words, grammar, and meaning (language structures and vocabulary). It also helps increase the speed at which students identify and understand fast, successive changes in sound (listening accuracy).

The goal is to identify the picture that best represents a sentence or answers a question. Students feed the Ele-Bots by selecting the picture matching the spoken sentences.

**Student will require adult guidance. A word list in Hebrew is provided when needed. Children catch on very quickly.

Space Commander

Space Commander improves the ability to listen to spoken directions of increasing length and complexity, comprehend them, and keep them in working memory long enough to plan and carry out the required action (following directions).

Space Commander improves students’ understanding of the relationship between words, grammar, and meaning (language structures), and helps increase the speed at which students identify and understand fast, successive changes in sound (listening accuracy).
Space Commander presents a platform with rows of colored shapes. The goal is to correctly manipulate the shapes per the directions presented.

**Minimal adult assistance is required for 1-2 games to translate several words. A word list is provided when needed.