School Improves Literacy Through Brain Fitness

The Salt Lake Tribune has an article today about a trial project at an area elementary school where 50 6th graders are working with Fast ForWord.

The results teachers and parents are reporting aren’t surprising to anyone who has followed Fast ForWord over the years. But what I found interesting about this pilot project was the population of students represented:

Not all the children are disabled; they were picked for the experiment from classrooms at random to represent the full spectrum of learners.

And while the test score results won’t be in for a few months, families are already noticing improvements:

“I’ve seen a real improvement in Alex’s ability to articulate what he wants, and it seems to have boosted his self-confidence,” said his grandmother, Joan Watson, who describes her grandson’s disorder simply as an inability to express emotions and thoughts.

The “money quote” comes from a teacher though:

Said 20-year teacher Dale Johnson, “I wish we could put them all into it, if you want to know the truth … I’ve seen a lot of things come and go, but this is really getting down to the nitty gritty. This will give them a foundation that will help them academically for the rest of their lives.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

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