Fast ForWord is a family of cognitive training software products marketed as a tool for strengthening the learning skills of children by Scientific Learning Corporation. There is no evidence that Fast ForWord is effective in treating children's reading or oral learning challenges
The Fast ForWord products evolved from the work of a number of scientists, including Michael Merzenich and Bill Jenkins at the University of California, San Francisco, and Paula Tallal and Steven Miller at Rutgers University. This team started the company in 1996 based on a theory that some children who have language and literacy learning difficulties may have problems rapidly processing sounds, a following theory that cognitive training can improve auditory processing, and the final following theory that this training will generalize to improve learning skills beyond those in the training tasks.
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