Central Auditory Processing Disorder Treatment
Using Individualized Online Training To Address APD
Our auditory processing disorder treatment uses adaptive exercises, each of which targets different auditory processing, cognitive and reading skills. The exercises become progressively more challenging, thereby building auditory processing efficiency, focus, language familiarity, phonological awareness and finally, reading fluency and comprehension.
Gemm Learning develops individualized protocols based on your child’s needs and schedule. Students work online, at home with professional remote oversight. Most students experience significant gains in language and reading in just a few months.
How It Works
Auditory processing disorder is a cognitive skill delay that makes it challenging to process language. The most effective way to resolve a physical difficulty, such as a weak throwing arm, is to create an training exercise regimen and then exercise. Cognitive skills, including auditory processing, are no different. Our treatment for auditory processing disorder taps into this opportunity to exercise cognitive skills.
It is centered around the Fast ForWord software series. The first programs in the sequence strengthen language processing and the so-called learning MAPS. These are working Memory, Attention, auditory Processing and Sequencing, the skills most often delayed when the central auditory nervous system does not develop normally.
From there, depending on your child’s needs and goals, our program provides exercise that develop reading fluency and comprehension, syntax, vocabulary and spelling.
As you would expect, the exercises are not only highly adaptive, they are also intense. Students are presented with hundreds of sequencing and processing decisions in quick succession. Working towards auditory processing proficiency at natural language speed, the software adapts, adding speed and complexity at the student’s own pace. It pushes the student to ever higher levels in tiny incremental steps.
The programs create new neural connections and learning gains that are visible on fMRI imaging (Temple, Stanford University). The activated regions shown in the chart are the language regions of the brain when the subject is reading. These regions are typically less active for individuals with auditory processing disorder, indicating scattered and inefficient reading. By contrast, these language regions are the highly engaged for normal readers.
Many Fast ForWord exercises involve auditory pattern recognition and temporal discrimination (recognizing sounds in sequence), which is the core challenge for children with APD. The ability to improve these skills is a key reason why our auditory processing disorder treatment is effective.
It’s an approach that has worked for Gemm Learning clients for 10+ years. In addition, its efficacy as an intervention to help auditory processing disorder has been proven in a number of studies, including these more recent ones in International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology (2013), Brain Topography (2015) and Neuropsychoelogia (2013).
The Fast ForWord software we provide is used by some audiologists, speech-language pathologists and neuropsychologists in their offices. However, a new online version has boosted home use of this popular auditory processing disorder treatment.
Adaptive, individualized training
Research-validated for APD
Auditory Processing Disorder Treatment Goals
Improve Ability To Follow Directions
Children with central auditory system delays do not process fast enough to listen accurately. Consequently, for them, language is always coming at them too quickly and it can sound a little muddy. Background noise can also be troublesome. Improved processing efficiency from our program effectively slows the world down for your child. As a result, he will be more able to hear and follow directions at natural language speed.
Build Phonological Awareness For Reading Efficiency
Reading is a language skill — text is language in a symbol format. Because auditory processing impacts language, it almost always impacts reading also. The key to reading is decoding automaticity. This requires sound phonological awareness, the ability to hear the sounds inside words. Auditory processing disorder impacts phonological awareness because it interferes with auditory pattern recognition and auditory discrimination.
Our software directly targets phonological awareness and therefore reading automaticity. This helps build fluency in younger readers and decoding efficiency and therefore reading comprehension in older children.
Auditory processing disorder can make learning exhausting. For example, students with APD have to work hard just to take in what the teacher is saying in class. Many also labor mightily when sounding out words when reading. Consequently, they tire easily in class or while reading, sometimes leading to an ADHD or ADD diagnosis.
While ADD medicines manage symptoms, our program targets the cause of inattentiveness, the inefficient processing. Because we tackle the language processing delays that make listening in class exhausting and reading a challenge, many clients report reductions in ADD symptoms.
Build Language Skills
Auditory processing disorder reduces the capacity to learn by listening. Therefore it limits vocabulary, grammar, semantics (attaching meaning), articulation and/or conversational skills. Furthermore, inefficient listening impacts reading and writing.
Our software engages with the student to build listening skills. In addition, it teaches vocabulary, language syntax and other language skills that are almost always lagging as a result of the processing deficit.
Online Software, Monitored by Professionals
Gemm Learning provides home-based programs for K-12 children, teens and adults. Service features include:
Daily monitoring, weekly reports, regular calls
Computer game-like exercises that engage students day after day
Your Next Step
To find out if your child is a candidate for our auditory processing disorder treatment, call one of our specialists for a free consult.