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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime
Fast ForWord & Reading Assistant

Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant is a computer-based intervention strategy to improve students’ phonemic awareness and reading skills. Fast ForWord sharpens phonological representations through repetitive practice that may corrects years of repeatedly incorrectly processing sounds and phonemes.

The program is administered at individual schools and is suggested to run for an 8 to 10 week period.

 Fast ForWord is intended for students with significant, diagnosed reading difficulties or disabilities caused by deficits with phonological awareness.An additional requirement is being able to work at a sustained pace at a computer for an entire 50 minutes. Students must have hearing in a normal range, be able to wear headphones, and be able to use a mouse.

Recommended criteria for using the Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant Programs:

  • Student is below grade level in reading (eg - decoding, comprehension, vocabulary) and written sentence structure, syntax and/or spelling
  • Student has a history of intervention and a formal language or psycho-educational assessments
  • Student has normal hearing and is able to focus on computer tasks for up to 20 minutes at a time.


School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

550 Poirier St, Coquitlam BC
V3J 6A7
604-939-9201 604-939-7828