Homeschool Program for Auditory Processing Disorder
Helping auditory processing difficulties using adaptive software
Concerns about insufficient help at school and noisy classrooms are pushing some parents of children with auditory processing disorder to a homeschool track. However, while the quieter homeschool environment is helpful, auditory processing affects more than just listening. It also impacts reading and focus. And so a homeschool program for auditory processing disorder should be part of your child’s daily routine.
If you are not sure if your child’s processing delays are serious or not, check out our auditory processing disorder symptoms
Auditory Processing Disorder Homeschool Curriculum
While most schools manage or try to work around auditory processing difficulties, homeschool families have different goals. They want to help their child develop into an independent learner that does not need coping tools or extra help.
That is also the goal of the Gemm Learning homeschool program. Our online software with remote guidance aims to do what school resource rooms avoid. We go after the source of auditory processing disorder.
Our program works on all aspects of APD using intensive, adaptive exercises that build the processing skills children need to flourish in language, learning and reading.
- Clinical software that treats the underlying learning MAPS (memory, attention, processing and sequencing)
- Experienced educators to help you at every step
- Adaptive exercises that move at your child’s own pace
Think of us as an auditory processing disorder homeschool curriculum, with the software and professional guidance to help your child. At the core of our homeschool auditory processing therapy is the software’s ability to adapt to your child’s responses. This means it can be done at home without fear of your child experiencing boredom because the material is too easy or too frustrating because it is too difficult.
Practice Makes Permanent
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. And processing is like riding a bike, once you learn, it sticks.
Is It Auditory Processing?
While students present 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. Language processing and reading are demanding skills. 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 correlate 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 a 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, children with auditory processing disorder often end up on ADD medicine.
Auditory Processing and Reading
A major target of our auditory processing disorder homeschool curriculum is reading and reading comprehension. APD impacts phonological awareness — hearing the individual sounds that make up words — an essential reading skill. In fact, most reading problems stem from an auditory processing difficulty.
Homeschool reading program
Auditory Processing Programs
Helping auditory processing has become a lot easier since the launch of Fast ForWord software a few years ago. It is an interactive software that isolates and exercises the various components of auditory processing individually, helping children and adults learn to process efficiently at natural language speed.
Our treatment for auditory processing disorder
Gemm Learning’s homeschool programs are particularly helpful for reading difficulties. However, 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.