Clinical Forum: Evaluating Language Intervention Approaches  |   October 1999
Computer-Assisted Language Intervention Using Fast ForWord®
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Professional Issues & Training / Language Disorders / Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum: Evaluating Language Intervention Approaches   |   October 1999
Computer-Assisted Language Intervention Using Fast ForWord®
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools October 1999, Vol.30, 363-370. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.3004.363
History: Accepted 30 Jun 1999 , Received 17 Aug 1998
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools October 1999, Vol.30, 363-370. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.3004.363
History: Accepted 30 Jun 1999 , Received 17 Aug 1998

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.

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