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Fresh thinking on reading and learning issues.

“Friends of Gemm” Customer Referral Program

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“Friends of Gemm” Referral Program
There are few things more satisfying than seeing your child return home from school happy. This is especially true if he or she had previously been struggling with a learning difficulty for many months (or years).
Gemm families know first-hand how “life-changing” our programs can be. F…


Could APD Be Behind Your Child’s Low Self-Esteem?

Child with low self-esteem

Auditory Processing Disorder and Low Self-Esteem

All children are prone to a lack of confidence from time to time, but those with low self-esteem are unhappy or not satisfied with themselves much of the time.  A common source of low self-esteem is undiagnosed learning difficulties, with auditory processing delays being the most common of those.

Low self-esteem is showing up in a growing …


5 Reasons The Answer for ADHD May Not Be Meds

Are Drugs An Answer for ADHD?

Medications are the go to answer for ADHD and ADD because in most cases they do reduce symptoms for adults and children.  They target the symptoms one by one–inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. However, medications have a number of side effects, some serious.

Perhaps even more importantly they are a coping tool only.  They do not change the underlying learning, sensory or beh…


When Is the Best Time to Learn to Read?

Learn to read

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that yes, some times are better to start reading than others. But here’s the part that might be unexpected: children read best when they begin to learn to read from the moment they’re born. In fact, much of the work of becoming literate is best done between the ages of zero and four.

How is this possible? To understand why the best time to learn to read…


Neuroplasticity (or Brain Plasticity) Is Real

Neuroplasticity is real and changing the way learning disabilities are diagnosed and treated.

Before neuroplasticity, or brain plasticity, was discovered, early psychologists, psychiatrists, and educational professionals were baffled by the existence of learning disabilities such as auditory processing disorder (APD), dyslexia and ADHD. For many years, such conditions were not even sufficiently understood to be able to give them a name, much less recommend a successful course of treatme…


Recognizing Inattentive ADD

recognizong inattentive add in children

The popular image of ADHD is the hyperactive boy who can’t sit still, who is disruptive and full of misdirected energy. However, many children with ADHD don’t meet this stereotype, and more subtle ADHD symptoms often go undetected by parents, teachers and sometimes even medical professionals who aren’t aware that hyperactivity isn’t always a part of ADHD.

Specifically, children with i…