NC District Literacy Intervention Program Applies Neuroscience


North Carolina's Anson County School District has deployed Scientific Learning's Fast ForWord To Reading Series reading intervention software as part of its program to increase literacy among students who are at risk readers.

The district will use the software in three county schools to instruct students in grades 3 and above. Ultimately the school will use the system in all of its 11 schools by the end of the month.

"We need to leverage an effective tool, be time efficient, encourage a team approach to learning and implement excellent training to succeed in our efforts to get children to read in Anson County," said Greg Firn, superintendent of schools, Anson County, in a prepared statement

Fast ForWord is designed to leverage neuroscience principles in order to increase student literacy by helping their brain more efficiently process information. The system uses exercises to boost how a student's brain supports learning and intellectual activities such as memory, attention, processing rate, and sequencing. The exercises adapt to each student's abilities.

In related news, the Children's hospital of Boston published a study in the journal Restorative Neurology recently that said children with dyslexia encounter reading difficulties because their brains cannot process fast-changing sounds. The study also said that using FastFoWord can help dyslexic children's processing program and improve their reading.

"The repetitive exercises appeared to rewire the dyslexic children's brains: After eight weeks of daily sessions--about 60 hours total--their brains responded more like typical readers' when processing fast-changing sounds, and their reading improved," reported Children's Hospital of Boston.

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David Kopf is a freelance technology writer and marketing consultant, and can be reached at [email protected].