How Does the Fast ForWord Program Improve Auditory Processing in Children With APD?

The Fast ForWard program improves auditory processing by enhancing memory and listening accuracy through exercises and games, explains Understood. According to developers of the software, guided practice can help children with auditory processing disorders improve their ability to mentally process what they hear. While the learning disability community holds Fast ForWord in high regard, researchers view the software, and auditory training therapy in general, as experimental, primarily because definitive proof of their efficacy is still lacking as of 2015.

Fast ForWord consists of two modules, according to the Institute of Education Sciences. Developers designed the first module, the Fast ForWord Language and Literacy Series, with a focus on building reading and language skills such as such as phonological awareness and listening accuracy. In addition, they crafted the module aiming to hone cognitive skills such as sequencing, attention, memory, processing and attention.

Developers designed the second module, known as the Fast ForWord to Reading series, with an eye on boosting reading-related skills such as vocabulary, comprehension, sound-letter associations, word recognition and phonological awareness, reports the Institute of Education Sciences.

Fast ForWord, and an alternative approach named the Berard Auditory Integration Training Services, are part of the burgeoning field of brain training, which seeks to improve the information processing and memory skills necessary for problem solving and reasoning, reports Understood. Generally, brain training focuses on improving working memory, a part of the brain that acts as a short term cache during information synthesis.