• Learning isn't always easy...

     

    You're worried and frustrated

    We're listening

    Worrying can be very tiring. And it doesn't help you or your child either.

     

    If you have concerns about:

    • spelling
    • reading
    • comprehension
    • communication
    • social skills
    • executive function/self control
    • not wanting to learn
    • falling further behind each year

    With or without a diagnosis, it's time to start doing something about it.

    We can help you

    Brain research offers hope

    Brain research now says "the brain is like a muscle".

     

    Meaning that, if you exercise cognitive ability, you can improve it.

     

    Books like The Brain That Changes Itself by Dr Norman Doidge talk about many people who have changed their brain beyond their diagnosis.

     

    We use evidence based online programs. Trusted globally since the 1990s by speech pathologists and whole school districts with great results.

    Get results

    To learn, grow and thrive

    With a bit of work, you can speed up the brain's ability to learn:

    • memory
    • attention
    • processing 
    • sequencing

    For better learning, reading, spelling, communication and social skills.

     

    Thanks to the latest evidence based brain research that says "the brain is like a muscle."

     

    Are you interested?

  • TESTIMONIALS

    Rachel, VIC, October 2021

    Thank you so much Monique. You have been so wonderful and Lucy has definitely benefitted from participating in Fast ForWord. Her reading has come on leaps and bounds and now she looks forward to reading before bed.

    It's not just her ability that's improved, but also attitude to reading. She can now read the instructions on her Pokemon game - which she never could before - and she really has a go and is determined to do it - something I'd never seen in her.

     

    Despite COVID and an unbelievably long lockdown, she's in a far better place now than she was 18 months ago - so thank you for helping with that.

     

     

    Rachel, VIC, August 2020

    Fast ForWord was recommended for Lucy by her tutor and we feel exceptionally fortunate to have found Monique and Brain Wise Learning. Lucy struggles with self-confidence as well as experiencing delay with her academic learning. Despite this, we have the online format of Fast ForWord has been perfect for her and she remains engaged and willing to participate even when she's struggling with the material. The rewarding sounds and encouragements within the different games are enough to keep her motivated and Monique's suggestions of stickers on her printed brain seem to be working for her too. We are really thrilled with the program so far, and anticipate that we'll stick with this brain training program for many years to come.

     

     

     

    Sarah (adult Fast ForWord student) September 2021

    "Purpose, Growth & Joy. Working with Monique has helped me focus on what matters: the purpose of my brain injury rehabilitation program, the growth mindset that achieves it and most importantly the joy of learning. Her approach is always learner-centered. She provides the framework for me to discover, explore and reflect on my needs. We work from a progress based perspective, it is never about "fixing" me but how I take what I am good at and make that great.”

     

     

     

    Mary, May 2021

    "I have no hesitation in recommending Monique as an excellent Support Specialist for Fast ForWord. She has an extensive knowledge of the product, its many benefits, the neuroscience underpinning it and the most effective ways to encourage the student to progress through the program. In addition to this, she is an incredible resource for the latest research on neuroplasticity and cognitive training and strengthening. She is empathetic, understanding and motivating. As a consequence and in conjunction with the program itself, my daughter is making good progress with Fast ForWord and we are very grateful for this support."

     

     

    Cat, November 2020

    "Since starting Fast ForWord we've noticed Joey's ease of sounding out words and reading has improved and with that, a new willingness to read a variety of text. He also really enjoys the program, a big plus!!

    He's just gone up 3 reading levels at school too!"

     

     

     

    Link, now 19 (using Forbrain for 9 months), August 2020

    "In my last review, I naively thought that enjoying reading was the only benefit I was going to get. However, I recently started a course (which I've avoided since school) and to my surprise, the amount of writing that came out of me, well, I was in shock. I couldn't believe it. I not only increased the amount of writing on the paper but I was able to read it over and it made sense. In the past, I never used to edit the mistakes I made because I didn't care and I didn't enjoy the feeling when the pen was flowing on the paper. I haven't felt this confident in writing since I was on my ADD medication, and even then my sentences didn't make much sense. I'm usually a critic but not with Forbrain! I am so thankful for the opportunities it has provided me. I've always felt like just an average guy, so I can't wait to see what Forbrain can do for people who really need it. Thank you for everything Forbrain and Brain Wise Learning. You're doing amazing work."

     

     

     

    Jen, August 2020

    "My 6 year old had always been very active with a big personality but it wasn’t until he started to really struggle in Kindergarten (socially and academically), that we embarked on the wild ride that was the diagnosis process. From the possibility of ADHD/ADD to being on the Spectrum, we were in desperate search for answers to help our little man thrive. It was during this desperate search for answers that I had discovered the Fast ForWord program in the book The Brain that Changes Itself.

     

    After my son was diagnosed with ADHD/ADD and the oppositional defiance disorder, we wanted to make the most out of early interventions and not solely rely on medication. So the Fast ForWord program was used in compliment to his Speech Therapy, OT, social play groups and Psychotherapy. It was important to us that any therapy we used with our little one was founded on solid scientific research and recognised by our Psychiatrist.

     

    We have been using the Fast ForWord program as an integral part of his interventions for the past year, and the results we are seeing in my son is nothing short of remarkable. His overall development has leapfrogged over the recent months both socially and academically. Not only has he been able to keep up across all areas academically, he has also gained confidence and now enjoys the learning process. It makes our heart sing to watch my son literally jump with joy as he is dropped off at school every morning.

     

    With the recent addition of medication, we have since paired back on other therapies, but have signed up for an annual subscription of the Fast Forward program and purchased a ForBrain headset. Having a program like this at the convenience of your home was a blessing during the recent COVID-19 lockdown. Compared with all the other therapies, Fast ForWard was by far the easiest one to follow through.

     

    I would highly recommend the program to any family who may be going through similar challenges we had and wish that more children are able to benefit from having the support they need to thrive in their learning journeys."

     

     

    Kelly Middlebrook, Owner, Alive4Life Holistic Allied Health, February 2020

    "Brain Wise Learning has completely transformed both my disability services organisation and my family’s attitude, ability and motivation towards learning and literacy. We are using Fast ForWord and the Forbrain headset and have noticed huge improvements in speech, articulation , comprehension and memory both personally and in our clients using these incredible tools. We love it so much we are dedicating our learning and IT space to the use of these tools in our skill building programs for clients. Monique's products and programs are outstanding! Every school should include these in their curriculums and every household with children would benefit so much."

     

     

    Link, 18yo, Forbrain User, January 2020

    "I never felt positive when it came to reading, even if it was an internet article. I just didn't want to read. When I started using Forbrain I felt like I could finally begin to enjoy reading. Now every time I use it, reading is like going to my favourite theme park, I can't get enough of it! The benefits I am seeing are outstanding and I cannot believe Forbrain is working for me. With Forbrain, I can now enjoy it instead of just trying to work out what all the letters are saying. If you struggle with reading, Forbrain is definitely worth a look."

     

     

    Liz, parent of three children doing Fast ForWord, October 2019

    C, boy, autism

    "Christian started off being frustrated easily that he wasn't getting things right on his first attempt. But we used the positive growth mindset language to keep him going and once he realised he was filling up the Progress Meter, began to take responsibility for doing it himself and he now sets up the laptop to work without prompting. The Progress Meter and graphics engage him and we are so happy with his progress on Fast ForWord.

     

     

    ER, girl, verbal apraxia, ataxia, ASD, Echolalia, Executive function delay, Pragmatic language disorder

    Initially ER was distressed when she made a mistake and needed lots of support to complete a lesson, but she grasped the sequencing exercise quickly and progressed rapidly. She still struggles with some of the other exercises which I do the clicking for her, but she has started having ten minute interactions where she has made her intention clear and then was able to achieve her stated intention. This is a breakthrough.

    For example, ER was asked which shop she wanted to look at. She responded “Music” so we asked if that meant JB HiFI. ER said “Yeah” and led the way through a crowd (rare) to JBHiFi, proceeded to the CD racks and started searching under “S”. We asked if she was looking for a soundtrack and she immediately looked in sound tracks, found the CD she wanted, and went to the register. Also, unprompted, ER said “Hello” to a stranger, and “On card please” to pay for her CD, asked for a bag and receipt, said “thank you”. We put her amazing progress to her work on Fast ForWord.

     

     

    S, girl, dyslexia, mild dysgraphia. Has five sight words, unable to read. Can copy handwriting, can’t read it or reproduce her own thoughts in writing. Age 9 grade 3 primary school

    Initially S was discouraged and would let the lesson time out, but support from us and a motivational certificate from Monique encouraged her to continue. She still gets discouraged, but her resilience is building and she is beginning to set up the laptop herself without prompting.

     

    We are very happy with the results we are getting from Fast ForWord for our children."

     

     

    Sarah (adult Fast ForWord student) October 2019

    "This Reading Assistant Program is very good. I can feel it working/reorganising my brain already."

     

     

    Sarah (adult Fast ForWord student) March 2019

    "Brain learning needs lots of support and encouragement. Learning can be tedious, hard work, it requires consistent effort, and I found I learnt best when I was rewarded regularly for the efforts I put in. My learning specialist, Monique was my cheerleader, cheering me on each day, supporting me by keeping up the excitement, which increases dopamine and serotonin in the brain and primes it for learning. Support from Monique helped me keep the big picture in mind, reminding me of the ultimate goal, learning to speak again."

     

     

    Jill Simpson RMT (Music Therapist) May 2019

    "All in all, I was impressed with the (Fast ForWord) program and would be happy to recommend it to children that require some assistance with listening and language. I also think that children are likely to develop stronger musical skills as a positive side effect of engaging with the program."

     

     

    Tina Meyer - High School English Teacher and Tutor - March 2019

    "Monique sat down and took me through the program. As a high school English teacher, I was so impressed by the program’s potential to improve student capability in all areas of learning. I will definitely be promoting this program to my students. Adding to that, Monique is patient and very kind; a joy to work with."

     

     

    Jeremy - High school student - February 2019

    "Thank you for sharing and supporting me during this time.
     

    This program has been a delight to do and helps activate and excite the brain, While I was doing this program I made some huge improvements and progressed much further and faster than any of the other ways I have tried in the past.
     

    FastForWord is a great way to activate and excite your brain to strive for greater heights and I believe that many people can achieve from this great success."

     

     

    Learning Support Teacher of 10 years in Government and private schools - July 2018

    "As a Learning Support Teacher for many years I trained in and used many different reading systems Most of these approaches made a difference, but they involved many hours working one to one with a child.

    In fact at my last Sydney school I started an Early Birds program staffed by parents and volunteers to help those children who struggled with literacy. We ran the group every morning for an hour.

    Then I moved to the country and I had the opportunity to use Fast ForWord123. I couldn’t believe the difference I was seeing; especially for children who had language processing difficulties.In 6 weeks Fast ForWord123 completely changed these children, they were able listen and understand, they started writing and their confidence soared.

    Fast ForWord123 physically changes the brain, improves neural pathways and allows children to learn more easily. I’m now using it in my own family."

     

     

    Kate, NSW, 27 September 2018

    "My son James undertook the Fast ForWord program under the guidance and support of Monique Peters. Since the commencement of the program James has grown in confidence and concentration. His studies have improved and he is communicating much more effectively.

    Monique’s mentoring assisted me to help navigate James throughout the journey. Her positive approach and experience were pivotal to the programs success.

    I thoroughly recommend the Fast ForWord program. With the addition of Monique’s encouragement and enthusiasm the results have been phenomenal."


     

  • VIDEOS

    The last 30 years of brain research has proven that our brains are more

    flexible than we ever believed. We now see the brain more like a muscle!

    It means that cognitive weaknesses in functions like memory can be strengthened.

    Understanding neuroplasticity is bringing hope to struggling learners and anyone recovering from a brain injury.

     

    Watch these videos to discover more...

    The Boy With No Brain - The story of Noah Wall

    Courtesy of: We're All Equal - 18 February 2017

    This could be the best 2 minutes of your life! Noah was born with just 2% of a brain. But against the odds, his family worked tirelessly on developing what was there. Then at age 4, Noah's brain scans showed something very remarkable and very unexpected - his brain had grown to 80%! Noah is showing doctors in England and around the world the power and potential of neuroplasticity.

    Neuroplasticity Explained

    Courtesy of: Perth Brain Centre - 21 September 2017

    This short video gives a simple explanation of neuroplasticity and how the neural pathways in our brain get wired and rewired. The animation also helps to understand it. Learn how everything that you think, and feel changes your brain physically to make connections with the rest of your body to make you move.

    Growth mindset: what it is, how it works and why it matters

    Courtesty of Trevor Ragan (Train Ugly) - 1 November 2018

    What you believe about learning will govern how you feel and behave. If you believe that learning will always be difficult, you'll be tempted to always take the easy way out. Conversely, if you believe that learning will always be easy, how long can you sustain your effort when challenged? Trevor is amazing and his video gives a good explanation of how important it is.

    Pr Bruce McCandliss - The Neuroscience of Learning

    Courtesy of Stanford - 4 November 2015

    In just 20 minutes, respected Stanford professor Bruce McCandliss will help you understand how neuroscience is shifting education. Through fMRI imaging, we are now able to measure the effectiveness of different teaching methods safely on children and how this research will soon change outcomes for children who learn differently.

     

    Pr Stanislaus Dehaene - How The Brain Learns to Read

    Courtesy of Wise Channel - 26 October 2013

    Educators are beginning to embrace the Science of Reading. This is an interdisciplinary body of research involving cognitive psychology, neuroscience, linguists and educators. Because they now see inside the brain with high tech imaging, they are developing methods of teaching that are scientifically proven to increase literacy rates. This 30 minute lecture will fascinate educators, learning advocates and parents alike.

    Dr. Michael Merzenich on Autism and Fast ForWord

    Courtesy of Fast ForWord/Scientific Learning - 10 September 2008

    Michael Merzenich - Professor Emeritus Neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco discusses his research and work on autism and it's relationship to language and learning challenges. Professor Merzenich is known as 'the father of neuroscience'.

    Dr. Michael Merzenich on Todd Sampson's "Redesign My Brain" Show Ep.1

    Courtesy of Redesign My Brain - 10 December 2015

    Follow TV Presenter and motivational speaker Todd Sampson on this episode with Dr Michael Merzenich as he improves his brain before your eyes.

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