Oakland-based Scientific Learning (NASDAQ:SCIL) is pleased to announce that ABC 7/KGO-TV News devoted a health segment on the success of its software that was used both in a failing east Oakland school and at home for a child who struggled with reading. The school version is known as
and is conducted in a classroom and students are coached by a school employee. The at-home version is known as
and comes with a remote tutor. Both software programs are proven to strengthen brains and accelerate learning.
Korematsu Discovery Academy principal, Charles Wilson, said his elementary students saw
reading test gains
of a year and a half on average after doing the Fast ForWord software exercises for one year. Wilson went on to say that many of his students have a history of not being able to catch up so this intervention is offering them their first opportunity for success.
At least two studies have tracked the impact of Fast ForWord on
children with dyslexia
who struggled with reading. After using the program for eight weeks, the brain images of dyslexic children in the study showed physical changes that indicated their brains were more similar to those of proficient readers.
That research appealed to Lissa Merit, whose 7-year-old daughter Samantha was struggling to read. The program was not offered in her school so her mom had her do the at-home online version called BrainPro. Her mom says that after just a few weeks she saw improvement in focus and attention.
"We wanted an intensive learning experience that is adaptive to the individual, that offers feedback and opportunities for learning," said Dr. William Jenkins with Scientific Learning. "We know that it works from study results and from the results we see in school districts across the country. It was an honor to see the success of our programs validated by the news media."