treatment for auditory processing disorder

Central Auditory Processing Disorder Treatment

Auditory processing can improve with exercise

Children with APD cannot process language at natural language speed.  This means listening is effortful and phonemic awareness for reading is a real challenge.

This story can be changed. Auditory processing is a cognitive skill that will improve when exercised appropriately.

That’s what our our home-based auditory processing disorder treatment does.

We use Fast ForWord software – quick-fire sound sequences, and self-paced language and reading exercises – to help children with APD catch up.

Most students find listening, reading and focus significantly easier after just a few months.


APD Treatment Goals

Fast ForWord works on a range of cognitive skill delays related to APD (more on APD here). Our goals for your child can include:

Reading Efficiency

Reading automaticity and fluency require strong phonological awareness, which is undermined by auditory processing disorder.  We work on language processing to boost phonological awareness, make reading and comprehension easier – for all ages.

Improve Focus

For children with APD, listening in class takes constant effort, and sounding out words while reading is labored. This exhaustion leads to zoning out and/or avoidance behaviors, 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 treat the language processing delays that are the source of difficulty, many clients report improved focus after our programs.

Follow Directions

Children with central auditory system delays do not process fast enough to take in long stretches of language accurately. The teacher is speaking at 50 mph, the child is listening at 30mph.  Consequently, for them, language is too fast – words are missed  while processing earlier words. 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.

Listening and Language Skills

Auditory processing disorder reduces the capacity to learn by listening to the language around you. Therefore you don’t pick up as many new vocabulary words and grammar conventions as your peers.  Furthermore, the time taken to process what you are hearing eats into your time to reply, and so APD impacts conversation skills as well.  Fast ForWord builds listening accuracy and processing speed, effectively targeting all of these delays.

If any of this sounds like your child, contact us. 

We Stimulate New Brain Pathways

Fast ForWord software was designed specifically to address auditory processing and related skills – the so-called learning MAPS (working Memory, Attention, auditory Processing and Sequencing) – as a way to turn around reading and comprehension difficulties.Brain Activity After Auditory Processing Disorder Treatment comprehension.

Activating Language Regions

Fast ForWord was developed by 4 world-renowned neuroscientists. It uses neuroscience principles tapping into brain plasticity as way to accelerate neural development. Each exercise targets specific skills, aiming to activate or “wake up” language regions in the brain, visible on fMRI imaging (Temple, Stanford University).

Fast ForWord exercises target all aspects of auditory development. This includes auditory pattern recognition, temporal discrimination (recognizing sounds in sequence), auditory working memory and sustained attention. The ability to improve these deep-seated skills is central to what makes our auditory processing disorder treatment unique.

Lasting Gains

Once the brain learns a new skill, it will integrate it into daily use and so the gains endure.

In fact, acceleration often continues after program completion according the feedback from clients. The science predicts this – stronger foundational skills unleash accelerated development of higher level skills.  The success as an intervention for auditory processing disorder is widely documented, including in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology (2013), Brain Topography (2015) and Neuropsychoelogia (2013).

Home-Based with Remote Coaching

Gemm Learning was founded to make this intensive intervention available at home, with all the coaching and support you’ll ever need.  It’s an individualized wrap-around service we have perfected over 15+ years – learn more here.

Disclaimer. Gemm Learning is an educational program, not a medical intervention. While our success and client satisfaction rates are high, each individual is unique and our protocols are not effective in every case. That is the reality we have to accept.

More on APD

“I know that Brian has progressed so far as a result of your wonderful program. His reading and comprehension ability has grown so much. Best of all is his self confidence level, and his ability and want to engage in conversation with anyone who will give him the time of day, has really grown. Your program is fantastic.”

Nora K.

Parent of 4th grader, APD diagnosis


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“First, we noticed that he was participating in family conversations when he used to tune out because it was too hard to follow and he was picking up on subtleties in a way he never did before. But now, after doing your Summer Intensive (for two months), he has made stronger gains than he made in three years of (special ed classes). I am not saying that the special ed class was inferior, it was just not equipped to address an auditory processing disorder and Fast ForWord has done this. Thank you again for being accessible whenever we have questions. This is a dream come true for us.”

Meg J.

Parent of 5th grader with APD diagnosis