about Gemm Learning

About Us

Almost everybody at Gemm Learning has either raised a child with learning difficulties or is a teacher. We know tutoring is a bandaid, it’s like giving a child a fish. The next day he will need help again. Far and away a better approach is to teach or train learn independence.

Gemm Learning is all about learning interventions that empower children.  We provide Fast ForWord and other programs, aiming always to unlock lifelong learning.

Our Why

If you have a  child with learning issues, you know the drill. There’s a lot to fear — dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, APD, SPD. You can pay for an evaluation or to get a tutor in for a few sessions. But then what? Nothing really changes.

Brain Plasticity

You have heard about brain plasticity. The brain is not hard-wired as was once thought. It’s a living organ, like muscle, that will respond to exercise.

And really, that explains a lot. Think about stroke victims. Even when the majority of brain cells are killed, many relearn lost skills – using new brain cells. Their brain reorganizes.

And so, if the brain can change, then your child’s learning can change.

Researching Fast ForWord

In the world of tapping into the opportunity of brain plasticity to change a child’s learning trajectory, nothing comes close to Fast ForWord.

It has a way of tracking activity remotely making it ideal for home use with remote coaching (our model) and it is backed by 200+ studies and white papers. We called a few clinicians using Fast ForWord and the success stories we heard were amazing. Not to mention, our founder’s son also made significant gains using Fast ForWord, where nothing else worked.

From there we built a wrap-around individualized service at home that is second to none. That was in 2006. We have now helped thousands of families in the US and Canada.

There is nothing better than the steady stream of notes we receive from parents about the changes they are seeing in their children’s lives.. These success stories are what get us up in the morning. That’s why we work here!

Our Story

Our service staff are educators who have seen the limits of instruction and tutoring first-hand, and so love being able to offer a new window of opportunity to struggling learners. Their insight into activity at home involves them in a personal way that leads to great outcomes.

Gemm Learning was founded by Geoff Nixon, whose 7-year-old son, Matthew, did Fast ForWord. About halfway through, Matthew’s vocabulary exploded. He was more able to follow directions, became more talkative and finally started reading, a wonderful development for a child who had made minimal progress in the prior 2-3 years.

G.E.M.M. is the Nixon family  member initials, a personal name reflecting the personal story behind Gemm Learning.

“The other day my daughter said she needed quiet time and just wanted to read! She has never said anything like that before. Also, thanks for the info. The service from everyone has been so great. You guys are so enthusiastic!”

Mary J.

Parent of 5th grader



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