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“Phenomenal” improvements for son after Fast ForWord, says Father

Posted by Colin Klupiec on February 28, 2016 at 12:20 PM

Colin Klupiec


Dr Con Kafataris, father of six, describes the changes he saw in his son George, aged nine, as phenomenal” after George completed the Fast ForWord program.

It was a little bit of a journey to find Fast ForWord for George but after trying a few avenues, including speech pathology, Dr Kafataris came across the program through a book titled, “The Brain That Changes Itself” by Dr Norman Doidge.

“The science seemed plausible”, said Dr Kafataris, so he decided to give it a go.

What were these “phenomenal” improvements? Listen to the podcast to find out.

Or read more below for the complete podcast transcript.

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Topics: Learning Difficulties, Comprehension, Reading, Autism, Fast ForWord, Learning, Learning Capacity Success Stories, Podcasts

Urana Public School: 5 Years of Success - Fast ForWord Brain Training

Posted by Peter Barnes on January 9, 2016 at 11:42 AM

Peter Barnes

Dorothy Dore, principal of Urana Public School spoke with The Learning Capacity Podcast about how the school is building student learning capacity with the Fast ForWord neuroscience program.

Urana Public is a small primary school of 26 students (K- 6) located in the Riverina region of New South Wales, 600 kms south west of Sydney.

The school has implemented Fast ForWord for the past five years with excellent results, according to Dorothy.

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Topics: Brain Science, Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity, Learning Capacity Success Stories, Podcasts, For Principals

A New Zealand School Found Fast ForWord & Helped Struggling Students

Posted by Peter Barnes on January 8, 2016 at 1:44 PM

Peter Barnes

Sasha Scott, reading recovery teacher at Welbourn Primary School in New Zealand, was troubled.

She and the school’s associate principal, Jenny, were puzzled why, year after year, there was always a group of students that never seemed to make the progress they should.

Sasha told The Learning Capacity Podcast, “The teachers have all done the very best that they can with what they know. But year on year, those same children pop up again. What could we do differently for these kids, because obviously what we were doing wasn't meeting their needs?”

Searching for a solution for students who were struggling

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Topics: Learning Difficulties, Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity Success Stories, Podcasts, For Principals

Educational Neuroscience in Action - School & Parent Success Stories

Posted by Peter Barnes on December 15, 2015 at 5:09 PM

Peter Barnes

There’s quite a bit of talk going on these days about the emergence of neuroscience in education. Some people are even talking about a scientific model of education, and not just pedagogy (the method of teaching).

But what is educational neuroscience - are there programs that schools can implement which deliver the principles of this science in a practical way?

The Learning Capacity Podcast has produced a 3 part mini series in which two teachers and a parent tell their stories about how they implemented an educational neuroscience program, and the results they got.

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Topics: Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity Success Stories, Podcasts, Educational Neuroscience

How Elaine Finally Found a Solution to Her Son's Learning Difficulties

Posted by Peter Barnes on July 6, 2015 at 11:50 AM

Peter Barnes

Elliot’s mum, Elaine had been concerned about his learning ever since he started school. Elliott is now aged 10 and in Year 5 at school.

He did not seem to be making progress with learning to read in Year 1, and by Year 3 he was having trouble with literacy concepts, particularly with comprehension. He also struggled to understand maths concepts. He found it difficult to make sense of the relationships between mathematical symbols and what he was meant to do with them.

As a primary school teacher, Elaine saw a discrepancy between her very energetic, able, motivated, and clever-in-many-different-areas little boy, and his lack of learning progress at school. He needed a lot of help to grasp simple concepts in reading and maths.

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Topics: Auditory Processing Disorder, Attention, Learning Difficulties, Comprehension, Maths, Learning Capacity Success Stories, Podcasts

Hugh's Psychologist Proposed Fast ForWord for his APD - What Happened?

Posted by Peter Barnes on May 6, 2015 at 10:24 AM

Peter Barnes

It was clear to Melissa Bowman that her son Hugh was struggling in his first year of school. So she got help from the school psychologist who diagnosed Hugh with Auditory Processing Disorder.

The psychologist suggested that Melissa consider the Fast ForWord program and after researching it, Melissa had Hugh do the online exercises at home for about 6 months. Melissa was delighted with the improvements that Hugh made, including:

  • His listening improved
  • He is now better organised
  • His reading improved from below his age level to about a year above 

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Topics: Auditory Processing Disorder, Learning Capacity Success Stories

Passionate Teacher Brings Fast ForWord Benefits to Her Community

Posted by Peter Barnes on March 19, 2015 at 4:14 PM

Peter Barnes

Nicola Glew was a teacher in Sydney when she saw how the Fast ForWord brain training and reading development programs changed the learning capacity of her students.

So last year when she returned to her home town in New Zealand, she established her own learning centre, Fast Learning NZ, to provide local students with the benefits of the neuroscience programs.

Nicola had always been a teacher, and had never run a business before, much less her own business. So she sought advice from LearnFast, the distributor of Fast ForWord (brain training for students) and Reading Assistant, (an online reading coach) that provides non-judgmental feedback to readers. She already knew the educational value of neuroscience programs and was determined to make them available to as many students as she could.

Nicola says, "The value of the support I have had from Learn Fast is impossible to overstate".

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Topics: Brain Science, Learning Capacity, Learning, Learning Capacity Success Stories

Fast ForWord Boosted Ryan's Reading & Confidence - plus Spelling Help

Posted by Peter Barnes on March 18, 2015 at 11:11 AM

Peter Barnes

“It would really pain me when I used to listen to my son read and he’d look at a word and couldn’t for the life of him try and sound it out. He just couldn’t do it”.

This is how *Alice described her 12 year old son’s reading before he did the Fast ForWord program.

Her son *Ryan was able to go from a reluctant struggling reader, to a determined flourishing student using the neuroscience based exercises in the program.

Alice used to watch on helplessly as Ryan would struggle with reading and spelling. But she saw how the program took Ryan from frustration to fluency.

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Topics: eLearning, Reading, Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity Success Stories

A Very Happy Mother Explains how Fast ForWord Helped her Children

Posted by Peter Barnes on November 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Peter Barnes

Therese is the mother of three boys who go to Narooma Public School, on the NSW South Coast.

She recently spoke with LearnFast about how Fast ForWord helped her youngest son learn better and made his attitude to school much more positive. The results were so good she now has her middle son on the program.

Her youngest (Matt, Year 3) did Fast Fast ForWord in Terms 1 & 2 (2014), and his brother (Joe, Year 4) is doing the program in Terms 3 & 4 (2014).

Why was Matt selected to do Fast ForWord?

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Topics: Learning Difficulties, Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity, Learning Capacity Success Stories

Historic School Helps Students with Latest Fast ForWord Brain Science

Posted by Peter Barnes on October 30, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Peter Barnes

Celebrating its 125 year anniversary this year, Narooma Public School, located on NSW’s south coast, has seen a lot of changes since the first students started in 1889. The slate boards and chalk in the classrooms of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have been replaced by electronic whiteboards, computers and the Internet.

The current Principal and teachers at Narooma have not only kept pace with the changes, but they are leading the way by using the latest neuroscience based educational tools to help their students build their learning capacity and read better.

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Topics: Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity, Learning Capacity Success Stories, For Principals

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