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 FastForWord® (Scientific Learning Corporation, 1998) has receiveda great deal of attention at professional meetings and in thepopular media. Newspaper and magazine articles about this programcontain statements like, "On average, after only 6 to 7 weeksof training, language-learning impaired children ages 4 to 12showed improvement of more than one and a half years in speechprocessing and language ability." (Scientific Learning Corporation,1997). Are the claims that are being made about this interventionapproach just a matter of product promotion, or is this reallya scientifically proven remedy for language-learning impairments?This article critiques the theoretical basis of Fast ForWord®,the documented treatment outcomes, and the clinical methodsassociated with the procedure. Fifteen cautionary statementsare provided that clinicians may want to consider before theyrecommend Fast ForWord® intervention for the children theyserve.
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.