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No Child Left Behind Programs Show Substantial Growth in Student Reading and Language Skills

Denver, CO—April 7, 2010— The Center for Hearing, Speech and Language (CHSL), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with offices located in Denver and Colorado Springs, has been providing contract services for the No Child Left Behind programs in Denver and Adams County school districts.  No Child Left Behind is a federally funded initiative helping qualified struggling or at-risk students in an after school curriculum.

The Center for Hearing, Speech and Language is one of the first providers to use funds provided by No Child Left Behind for an after-school program using computer-based software called Fast ForWord which is used for language and reading intervention.

Clinical specialists from CHSL report recent results that show substantial growth in students’ abilities using the evidence-based neuroscience technology of these highly individualized programs. Students typically advance, on average, seven months in reading/language skills after only eight weeks in CHSL’s program. Some students have advanced as much as two years in the eight week program. CHSL has served approximately 700 students over the last six years.

“We have observed tremendous language and reading skill improvements in children over a very short period of time,” said Beth O’Brien, Director of Children and Adolescent Clinical Services at CHSL. “Additionally, Fast ForWord has been very successful for children who have a wide range of abilities and children who are learning English as a second language.”

CHSL’s staff are award-winning, certified providers of the Fast ForWord array of programs and have participated in continuing education in neuroplasticity – the science of changing the brain in ways that result in improved learning, attention, memory, and processing skills. Several of CHSL’s key staff have participated in extensive training, beyond the certified provider level to assure the highest quality and state-of the-art implementation of this exceptionally effective technology.

The Fast ForWord program, designed by Scientific Learning, develops and strengthens memory, attention, processing rate, and sequencing—the cognitive skills essential for reading intervention program success. The strengthening of these skills results in a wide range of improved critical language and reading skills.