Central Auditory Processing Disorder Treatment

Auditory processing improves with exercise

Individuals with APD need added stimulation to develop the auditory processing skills needed to process language at natural language speed.  Our auditory processing disorder treatment does this using Fast ForWord software – adaptive quick-fire sound sequences, language and reading exercises to help children with APD catch up.

Fast ForWord adapts to each student, escalating in speed and complexity at the student’s pace.  Most students see improvements in improving listening, reading and attention in just a few months, gains that last a lifetime.

We provide individualized treatment protocols at home with remote coaching and support.


APD Treatment Goals

Fast ForWord works on a range of cognitive skills – including working memory, attention, processing and sequencing – language and reading. Gemm Learning goals depend on your child, but include:

Reading Efficiency

If reading is not automatic it is exhausting, and the concentration required to decode makes reading comprehension challenging.

The key to making reading automatic is improving phonological awareness, which is undermined by auditory processing disorder. By improving language processing, we boost phonological awareness – making reading easier, more natural. It helps fluency in younger readers and then reading comprehension for all ages.

Improve Focus

auditory processing treatment in childrenFor children with APD, listening in class takes constant effort, and sounding out words while reading is labored. This exhaustion can lead 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 listen 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. Therefore it limits vocabulary, grammar, semantics (attaching meaning),  articulation and/or conversational skills.  Furthermore, inefficient listening impacts reading and writing. Fast ForWord builds listening skills, vocabulary, language syntax and other language skills that are almost always lagging as a result of the processing deficit.

If any of this sounds like your child, contact us.  We should be able to help. 

How It Works

Fast ForWord software is online software designed specifically to address auditory processing and related skills – the so-called learning MAPS (working Memory, Attention, auditory Processing and Sequencing). From there, if needed, we move on toBrain Activity After Auditory Processing Disorder Treatment reading comprehension.

Activating Language Regions In The Brain

Fast ForWord was developed by 4 world-renowned neuroscientists. It uses neuroscience principles tapping into brain plasticity 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 how to improve function, it will integrate these changes to use daily. And so the gains endure.

In fact, acceleration often continues after program completion according the feedback from clients. The science predicts this – by removing barriers to learning strengthening key foundational skills, higher level skills will develop and mature more fully.  The efficacy of Fast ForWord 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 Treatment

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 14+ 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.

“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