To provide K-12 schools with expanded options to treat the underlying cause of language and reading difficulties, Scientific Learning Corp. has announced a new, shorter three-day reading intervention protocol.
The new three-day protocol will allow preK-12 schools to bring the benefits of the Fast ForWord language, literacy and reading intervention to more students fewer days per week, making it easier to integrate the program into their daily class schedules. The program was developed by neuroscientists to address foundational language and literacy skills, while concurrently developing memory, attention, processing and sequencing skills.
The three-day, 30- and 50-minute protocols for the Fast ForWord program provide more implementation flexibility for schools, particularly those that have shorter class schedules or fewer workstations available to students. In keeping with its dedication to researching effectiveness, Scientific Learning conducted studies comparing the standard five-day, 30-minute protocol to the new three-day, 50-minute protocol and found comparable benefits.
It also analyzed data collected from elementary, middle and high schools using a 30-minute protocol just three days per week, and found that these students also showed significant gains as well, although over a longer time period. For example, third graders in a California district made nine months of growth in only two months of Fast ForWord use, while high school students in New York made one year of gains in four months.
More details about the three-day protocol are expected in time for the 2014-2015 school year.
Source: Scientific Learning Corp., scilearn.com