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Our Literacy Program regularly demonstrates positive success rates and  improvements for students

The Fast ForWord Literacy Program introduces special population students in primary or secondary school to new reading, writing, and vocabulary concepts. Through online educational games, students’ progress is monitored to help them advance to new literacy levels. Our Literacy Program regularly demonstrates positive success rates, ranging from 68% to 90% improvement for students who attend regularly. Through grant funding and in partnership with Aspire Speech & Learning Center, Break the Barriers is able to offer the Fast ForWord Reading program at our facility, with leading field specialists who facilitate the program. Our vision includes helping children and youth of all abilities achieve optimal physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. For more information, call (559) 432-6292.

Outreach Details

To participate in our programs, first check with our office staff for class availability by calling (559) 432-6292, then fill out the Child Liability Waiver (for students under 18yrs). Once you have submitted the form, contact the office to secure a space in class.

Doctor’s Releases

Sometimes a doctor’s release is required to participate if a student has specific physical or medical conditions such as (but not limited to) heart conditions, epilepsy, or bone and joint issues.  Please contact us if you have questions about specific medical conditions.

  • Absolutely NO tummies showing
  • No low-cut shirts (front or back)
  • No spaghetti straps
  • No high cut bottoms or short shorts
  • All shorts should have at least a 6 inch inseam


Outreach Schedule

Program Class Age Days & Times
Literacy Literacy 5 – 12 Tuesday: 4:00-5:00pm
Tuesday: 5:00-6:00pm
Friday: 4:00-5:00pm

The literacy program has allowed my struggling learner to practice his decoding skills and increase his phonemic awareness in a safe and caring environment.

Literacy Parent

Staff Training

We strive to prepare our staff to effectively work with and teach children of all abilities to be in a class with other students. All staff are required to attend workshops where they:

  • Trained in an ability awareness class with co-founder, Deby Hergenrader
  • Familiarized with ASD
  • Learn how to use PECs, a structured schedule, social stories, and the Timed Timer
  • Co-teach spectrum classes with a trained staff member

Thank you to our MAJOR sponsors