F.A.S.T. Reading Program


What is the F.A.S.T.

Reading Program?

Stephan D. Tattum, director of the Denver Academy, initially created the F.A.S.T. Remedial Reading System, for middle and high school students.  The F.A.S.T. System is a research based literacy intervention program that features a flexible and quick paced approach that is highly effective, as well as being surprisingly fun and engaging for struggling and dyslexic readers.  It combines the best of systematic phonics and literacy-based instruction to create a streamlined, hands-on program that transfers immediately to the reading process.

The F.A.S.T.  lesson delivers the phonetic component of reading using a multi-sensory approach: a magnet board and letters to build phonemic awareness and orthographic processing skills.  The teacher says a sound and the student echoes the sound and points to all the possible spellings for that sound.  The teacher points to a tile and the student reads the sound the tile represents.  Students then learn to spell and read syllables and complete words using the magnet board.

Working on a magnet board makes it possible for many words and concepts to be taught and reviewed quickly.  New concepts are introduced using the magnet tiles with minimal verbal instruction by the teacher.  The tiles do the teaching.  F.A.S.T teaches identification, blending, segmenting and manipulation of sounds.  F.A.S.T. students understand the English language and its structure and gain access to the code and quickly transfer this to their reading.

The second half of the session is dedicated to reading from the level appropriate book that reinforces the skills that have just been taught and practiced.  F.A.S.T.  books are phonetically controlled reading materials that are age and interest appropriate. 

F.A.S.T.  stories are engaging and students love them.  The stories have short, fast moving chapters with an abundance of picture support and an age appropriate format. 

Students read words and phrases before each chapter.  Reading for comprehension, pressure release reading, repeated readings and timed readings alternate within the reading  portion of the lesson.  The reading component ends with a written summary of the reading, reaction to the reading, or reflection about the reading.  Reading becomes the most enjoyable part of the lesson for students.


Research (Shaywitz et al., 2004) has found that the back of the brain, the left occipital temporal and the parieto-temporal regions are not activated in struggling/dyslexic readers.  The systems for reading are in place but they have never been properly activated.  Activation of this area of the brain is crucial for successful reading. Because struggling readers read slowly, sound-by-sound, then word-by-word, this area of the brain is not activated; neural pathways are not connected properly.   The F.A.S.T. Remedial Reading System includes fluency techniques, designed to activate and reorganize this area of the brain allowing the word forming area to develop.

During the initial intensive program parents and students agree to one hour of daily F.A.S.T. homework exercises in addition to the intensive instruction provided by the F.A.S.T. Instructor.  This commitment contributes to the success of the program and the activation of theses brain regions.


“Susan Major was a student of mine in a F.A.S.T. reading workshop in early fall of 2011.

I was immediately impressed with her extensive background in reading and phonics, as well as her openness to new ideas. She asked the most questions of any one I have had in a workshop in 13 years and left with a deep understanding of the program. Since that first workshop, Susan has revisited the workshop on two occasions. I was amazed at her grasp of the concepts and the interesting twists she gave to the presentations. On her last visit, she was more of an instructor than a student. I have only had one other student in 13 years grasp the program as quickly as Susan.

Susan is already making miraculous changes in students. As founder of F.A.S.T. Reading, and learning disabilities specialist for 40 years, I recommend Susan without reservations as a tutor and a consultant.  Feel free to call me about Susan’s abilities.” 


Steve Tattum (303-520-7922)

Founder of FAST Reading (1998)

Denver Academy’s Program Director (1973-2008)

  "I am impressed with the dramatic gains in reading that my daughter has achieved since working with Susan Major and the F.A.S.T.  Reading program.  Susan makes learning fun, flexible, and fast paced.   My nine year old, severely dyslexic daughter has finally become a reader. More importantly, she has increased confidence and sees herself as a reader.  Her reading skills have improved six reading levels after working with Susan intensely for 4 weeks. This is incredible.  As an elementary school teacher for 24 years, I am thrilled to find a program and a tutor that meets the individual needs of a child and systematically teaches a child to read."   

Molly Crankshaw

"I am amazed by Susan Major's dedication! Using the F.A.S.T. Remedial Reading Program, Susan has helped my severely dyslexic student understand the reading process and make consistent and steady progress with her reading skills. As a 15 year Special Education

teaching veteran, I give my highest recommendation to Susan and the F.A.S.T. Remedial Reading Program!"

Jennifer Barnes

“When we first started working with Susan Major, my dyslexic son was not able to associate sounds to letters.    He already considered himself a failure at the age of 6 and did not ever want to read.  He hated reading and did not want anything to do with it.  He was having behavioral problems at school and at home.  After only two months of intensive tutoring with the F.A.S.T. program, he was reading above grade level.  F.A.S.T. changed everything. He now loves to read and is enjoying going to school.   F.A.S.T. intensive

instruction has worked miracles for my son.”

Wendy Chapman

About Susan Major

Susan Major received a Master's degree in Reading in 1983.  For the past three decades, in private practice, Susan has specialized in the  development of language skills for struggling readers and dyslexics.  Susan has completed training in the Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory reading method, Davis Dyslexia Correction, Project Read, Brain Gym,  Audiblox and

Emotional Freedom Technique. 

Susan now specializes in teaching the F.A.S.T. intensive Remedial Reading System. The results that Susan's students have experienced with the F.A.S.T.  Remedial Reading System have been both exciting and profound. The F.A.S.T. Intensive System is a break

through program.


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