A Gemm Learning Fast ForWord Success Story

Progress Report

“My daughter is doing great in school. She still has some signs of auditory processing disorder – she still needs instructions explained in more detail–  but is showing great  improvement. Her confidence continues to increase, this year I spend less time with her on homework.  She is now showing a great pride in her homework assignments and testing without me having to ride her. She studies very hard on her own for her test and continues  to receive a 100 percent on her assignments. My husband and I are very pleased with her dedication to her education this year.  I definitely have observed a change in her comprehension at home and I am sure they have noticed it in school.”

This is why we do what we provide learning software  at Gemm!  Please check back weekly to hear more Gemm Learning success stories.

Gemm Offers Brainware Safari

A New Cognitive Workout

Gemm Learning was an early adopter of Brainware Safari in 2006. However, the program’s monitoring and analytical tools weren’t quite ready to match our customer service needs. Those issues have been resolved and we are thrilled to offer this amazing program with the same Program Manager guidance that we are able to offer our Fast ForWord students. As always, with any Gemm program, our service to our students is our first priority.

Brainware Safari utilizes cognitive loading to help the brain use its subconscious to automate the learning process. It also utilizes sensory integration to build processing, memory and thinking skills. Students can begin using this program as early as age 6. Early trials show an incredible 4 years of cognitive gains in just 12 weeks over a wide range of academic levels.

We look forward to reporting our Brainware Safari success stories in the coming months. You can follow our results here or on our Facebook page by becoming a fan of Gemm Learning.

When My Professional Life Became Personal

My Fast ForWord Success Story

For years I had watched my nephew, Sean, block his ears in my car when I turned on a book on cd. He would grab his personal cd player and turn his music up so he would not have to listen the narration. I often wondered why he had such an aversion to my listening library. When I asked him, he replied, “Auntie, I just don’t like it. It bothers my ears.” I wondered if he struggled with Auditory Processing

Sean is diagnosed with Aspergers. He has always been able to “read”, though comprehension has been a struggle for him. I recommended Fast ForWord to my sister as a supplementary reading program/intervention for Sean. She agreed to let him try the program. Upon completion of his first module, my sister reported a noticeable change in his reading comprehension. I was thrilled. My expectations for the program had been met. I didn’t expect the surprise that was in store for me.

The next time I picked my nephew up to visit his cousin, I had Harry Potter playing in the car. We were driving for 10 minutes before I realized that he did not have his cd player with him. I had assumed that he was quietly suffering through my book, so I tried to switch to his favorite radio station. He stopped me and said, “Wait, Auntie, I want to see if Hermione gets mad at Ron.”

I nearly drove off of the road. Not only was he listening to the story. He was actively engaged with the material. Once I had recovered my composure, I asked him if he liked listening to the book. He shrugged his shoulders and said, “Yup, it doesn’t bother me anymore.” It was such a simple statement, but it brought tears to my eyes. For years, he couldn’t enjoy listening to a story because he could not follow along.

I have witnessed hundreds of Fast ForWord success stories in my tenure at Gemm Learning. It was exhilarating to be a part of one.

-Tina Liberatore

Avoiding Kid Burnout

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Why Is Our Education System Failing?

Tom Friedman, New York Times reporter, wrote an interesting article recently about how American students are among the highest in the world in 4th grade, but by 10th grade they are 25th in the OECD. He goes into theories about charter schools and money and teachers, but how about this?

1/ American kids don’t want it as much. This is Clayton Christenson’s idea in “Disrupting Class”. They see their parents life, it’s fine for them, and so they cruise assuming it will be handed to them on a silver platter. And chances are they are right about that. South Korean kids do not like what they see when they look at their parents life, they want more and so they work hard.

2/ Kids do not connect reading with fun and so as they get older and more independent they do less and less of it, leading to general academic decline.The fact is American kids have a big educational disadvantage. They are “fat and happy” — this is a pretty difficult motivation to over-turn.

But parents can influence point 2/.  The universal answer to falling 12th grade standards seems to be start on content sooner.

WRONG!

Because schools and parents do this, children do not get their foundations set.  If they are not quite reading comfortably, in a way that can lead to reading enjoyment, too bad — there’s homework to do and tests to pass.  This is not the school system’s fault. Schools reflect the desires of their communities.

Foundations are important. The primary goal of Elementary School should be to secure the foundations so that children can prosper later on. Because this is not being done fewer and fewer students learn to love reading and avoid the tough subjects like science and math.

What can parents do?

The old standard The Read Out Loud Handbook (Jim Trelease) argues the connection between reading and fun is best maintained through reading out loud to your child as late into life as possible, certainly through 5th grade but beyond that also. Another suggestion is to keep investing in reading skills — if your child does not enjoy reading, try a reading program like the Fast ForWord program, Lindamood Bell or other programs that will help provide reading comfort. Reading comfort will lead to more reading (just as closed captioning helps Finnish kids lead the world in reading!) and hopefully reading enjoyment, a virtuous circle.