Speech Therapy Marin

Fast ForWord Program


Kris Langley, SLP, is a licensed provider of Fast ForWord software at Speech Therapy Marin.  Fast ForWord is a web based software program developed by leading scientists to support children who struggle with auditory processing, attention, language and reading delays and disorders.  It was created in 1997 and has programs to support the development of cognitive, language and reading skills in children of all ages–elementary through high school.

The software is acoustically modified and amplifies the speech signal in order to support the child in acquiring the missing skills.  The program automatically and continuously adjusts to the child’s skill level as they improve, and the complexity increases.  The program is an intensive learning format of 5 days/week for 30 min/day (minimum) that is meant to work in conjunction with speech therapy services.  It can be played on a variety of devices: desktop, laptop or iPad. The initial phone consultation and visit can determine if Fast ForWord is right for your child.

Program Results


Parent Resource Guide


“The Brain That Changes Itself by Dr. Norman Doidge”

A 50 page chapter (Chapter 3 of the book) discussing the pioneering work of brain plasticity by Dr. Michael Merzenich, professor emeritus neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco. (the book is also available at the library)


Fast ForWord Language/Literacy Programs support development of the following skills

  • Auditory Sequencing
  • Auditory Word Recognition
  • English Language Conventions
  • Following Directions
  • Phonological Accuracy
  • Phonological Fluency
  • Phonological Memory
  • Sustained Attention
  • Memory
  • Advanced Listening Accuracy
  • Word Analysis
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Vocabulary

Fast ForWord Reading Series Levels 1-5 (pre-k-12) supports development of the following skills

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Working Memory
  • Spelling
  • Recognizing, Ordering, and Constructing Sentences
  • Paragraph Completion and Ordering
  • Critical Thinking
  • Abstract Reasoning
  • Summarization
  • Using diagrams, graphic organizers, flowcharts, and concept webs
  • Figurative Language

Autism: New Research and Interventions

April 21, 2016

New research on the underlying neurology of autism is exploding, as is information on the most effective interventions available to drive positive neurological changes in children on the autism spectrum.

Dr. Martha Burns discusses the new research and shares data on neuroscience-based interventions in this 60 minute presentation. She discusses how Fast ForWord has been shown to enhance language, attention, and social skills in children on the Autism spectrum.


Fast ForWord Results For Children With Autism, per report by Dr. Martha Burns


  • 81% increase in attention
  • Testing
  • Computer activities
  • Structured therapy activities
  • Listening to stories
  • Group activities
  • 18% no change 1% regression


  • 83% increase in language
  • Response time
  • Following directions
  • Understanding humor
  • Overall comprehension
  • Imitation skills for words and phrases
  • Use of new vocabulary
  • Length of utterance
  • Answering Y/N questions
  • Answering comprehension questions
  • Verbal fluency (flow of speech)
  • Overall expressive language
  • 16% no change 1% regression

Social Skills

  • 76% increase
  • Eye contact
  • Addressing people by name
  • Topic maintenance
  • Appropriate attention-getting
  • Greetings/closures
  • Appropriate protesting/refusal
  • Ability to verbally negotiate
  • Initiation
  • 23% no change 1% regression