Computer-Assisted Language Intervention Using Fast ForWord: Theoretical and Empirical Issues in Clinical Decision-Making.
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools
A computer-assisted language intervention program called Fast ForWord® (Scientific Learning Corporation, 1998) has received a great deal of attention at professional meetings and in the popular media. Newspaper and magazine articles about this program contain statements like, "On average, after only 6 to 7 weeks of training, language-learning impaired children ages 4 to 12 showed improvement of more than one and a half years in speech processing and language ability." (Scientific Learning Corporation, 1997). Are the claims that are being made about this intervention approach just a matter of product promotion, or is this really a scientifically proven remedy for language-learning impairments? This article critiques the theoretical basis of Fast ForWord®, the documented treatment outcomes, and the clinical methods associated with the procedure. Fifteen cautionary statements are provided that clinicians may want to consider before they recommend Fast ForWord® intervention for the children they serve.
Gillam, R. B. (1999). Computer Assisted Language Intervention Using Fast ForWord: Theoretical and Empirical Issues in Clinical Decision-Making. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 30, (4), 363-370.