Homeschool Help For APD
Addressing auditory processing difficulties at home
Auditory processing disorder is a challenging diagnosis, no doubt. For some homeschool parents the diagnosis can be overwhelming, pushing them back into the school system. For other homeschool families though, the inability of the public schools to help their CAPD child is what put them on a homeschool track. If you are not sure of where your child stands, check out our auditory processing disorder symptoms
Gemm Learning is the choice of many homeschool families because our adaptive, at home software aims to do what School Resource Rooms and years of speech therapy cannot — it treats auditory processing disorder directly, using intensive, adaptive exercises that build the processing skills children need to flourish in language, learning and reading.
- Clinical software that treats the underlying difficulties, once and for all
- Experienced educators to help you at every step
- Adaptive exercises that move at your child’s own pace
Think of us as your virtual in-home clinician, trained to help you overcome auditory processing disorder and its impacts on learning. Plus, our program is adaptive, meaning that it can be done at home without fear of your child experiencing boredom (material too easy) or frustration (too difficult).
Auditory processing difficulties are caused by development delays — your CAPD child needs more language processing practice to refine processing skills than is currently available in daily life. Children hear 30-45 million words in the first four years of life. In most cases that is enough to build the processing skills needed for listening, language, reading and writing.
But sometimes it is not enough. Your child may need more. This is where our Fast ForWord software can help. It provides processing practice, the equivalent of hearing millions of words in a few weeks, in most cases sufficient to bring auditory processing skills up to where they need to be.
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Is It Auditory Processing?
While every student presents differently — due to differing IQs, personality traits, prior interventions, educational experience, and a host of other factors — many reading and learning difficulties are caused by the same problem, namely, an inability to process language efficiently. This is most easily seen in:
- Weak listening comprehension. An inability to follow multi-step instruction and/or to follow the teacher in class and/or to deal comfortably with background noise and/or an exhausting school day.
- Poor reading skills. An inability to sound out words, i.e., to pick up the phonemes, the sounds inside words, required for natural reading.
Language is incredibly complex, particularly the English language. The processing skills required to absorb the language in its various forms are demanding. Not surprisingly, many students fall short. This is why auditory processing problems lie at the heart of so many reading and learning issues. Left untreated, these difficulties can be a lifetime affliction.
APD Impact on Learning
Strong auditory processing in children is heavily correlated to grades, reading, homework behavior and enjoyment of learning. It is a critical skill that underpins all learning.
The consequences of auditory processing disorder on early learning are relatively obvious. If your child is not hearing you or his/her peers clearly, learning will be delayed. It also impacts expressive language — vocabulary, articulation and relating stories — often referred to as a language processing disorder.
Over time almost all children with auditory processing disorder learn to listen more accurately, but only at great cost. They learn that they can process more accurately if they concentrate intently. There are two major problems with this coping strategy:
- Thinking while listening is weakened. The need to concentrate on listening means that your child has limited capacity to think about what he/she is hearing, to connect what is being said to other knowledge, to make inferences, and most importantly to think critically. This is called metacognition — the ability to self-correct and analyze while listening or reading. Metacognition is a critical learning skill that is the difference between a pass or fail in high school
- Learning is exhausting. If your child is working hard just to understand your words as homeschool teacher, think how exhausting that must be; and all day long. Understandably, this exhaustion factor makes it hard to enjoy learning and difficult to maintain focus. Not surprisingly, auditory processing disorder in children is often incorrectly diagnosed as ADD.
Auditory Processing and Reading
Auditory processing disorder also impacts phonological awareness — hearing the individual sounds that make up words — an essential reading skill. In fact, the vast majority of reading problems stem from an underlying auditory processing difficulty.
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Auditory Processing Programs
Helping children with auditory processing problems has become a lot easier since the launch of Fast ForWord software a few years ago. It isolates and exercises the various components of auditory processing individually, helping children and adults overcome APD and its varied symptoms.
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While Gemm’s programs are particularly strong in targeting auditory processing related reading and learning difficulties, because they work at a fundamental level they also help learning issues that homeschool parents struggle to find help for, including attention stamina and focus, expressive and receptive language — listening skills — and study habits. Our program is also popular for homeschool autistic children.
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