educational solution

How Gemm Learning Works

Online learning interventions with expert oversight

First, we target the cognitive impediments to learning. Then we provide curriculum-aligned reading and math programs to get your child to grade level or above. For children 5+, teenagers and adults.

Here are our steps:

  1. Free consult and/or free assessment to see if we can help.
  2. Start with Fast ForWord software – targets language processing, cognitive skill gaps and pre-reading skills
  3. Then a reading track – Fast ForWord Reading for fluency and comprehension  – OR a learning track – Activate for executive function, attention
  4. Add-ons include DreamBox Math – visual math, Reflex – math facts and Reading Assistant – interactive reading practice

Most students stay with us for 4-7 months and average 2+ years of gain in that time.

Software is only effective when used properly, and so our exceptional live support and coaching is crucial.  We are invested in your success at every step.

Who Is It For?

Our students are typically behind in reading or with reading lagging their success in other subjects. Furthermore, many students come to us with a formal diagnosis — dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, inattentive ADD, working memory dysfunction, ASD and/or generalized learning delays.

Our Process For Making A Real Difference

Our strategy is not to be incremental. We aim to be life changing. To that end goal, our learning solution differs from run of the mill reading and learning programs in two key ways:

  • Research-validated software that can produce amazing results
  • Caring remote oversight that families love

Learning is not fixed

Most learning and reading difficulties stem from cognitive skill delays.  It is important to understand that these learning difficulties are not fixed.  Cognitive skills, like physical muscle skills, can improve with exercise. This is neuroplasticity. We tap into this opportunity to try to remove the barriers to learning. We strengthen the cognitive foundation and then add reading exercises that mimic natural learning, using discovery and exploration.

The problem

Reading requires language processing efficiency that does not develop in many children until years after they are expected to know how to read. Furthermore, schools are instruction-focused — they do not address these underlying skill gaps and so for many students, reading and learning difficulties persist for years.

Our learning solution Cognitive software helps all ages

Since students typically come to us with multiple issues, Gemm Learning takes advantage of the fact that is monitoring work at home to work on as many things as possible.

First and most importantly, students spend time in Fast ForWord working on the cognitive skill gaps causing their delays. From there, most students progress to at least one reading program. We also have self-paced math fact and math curriculum. Students spend 30-50 minutes a day, 3-5 days a week.


Gemm Learning students average 1.5 to 2.75 years of reading gain in 4-6 months. Many also report acceleration in the years after our program. Furthermore, clients report substantial improvements in focus, grades, homework productivity and perhaps most importantly, learning and social confidence.

These gains are permanent — they become part of your child. And they are life-changing, for your child and for you.

The Cognitive & Reading Programs We Use To Get Results

We start with an assessment and then develop an individualized sequence of exercises drawing from several different software programs.  This is an individualized protocol, a learning solution for your child’s unique needs and goals.

The main programs in our quiver of choices are:

  • Fast ForWord cognitive programs.  This is our primary intervention and starting point. The software  improves phonological awareness and other foundational skills to make reading easier and automatic.
  • Fast ForWord Reading series.  This age-appropriate sequence of programs work on reading-specific skills — fluency, vocabulary, spelling and comprehension exercises. The goal of this series is to make reading rewarding, which occurs when reading comprehension comes naturally.
  • Reading Assistant. Adaptive reading practice software that builds reading speed and confidence.
  • Activate.  Children with ADD, ADHD, executive function and other difficulties may move to this cognitive learning software after Fast ForWord.
  • Reflex Math and Dreambox Math.  These self-paced programs present math visually to help children who struggle with traditional in-class instruction.

Professional Oversight

Fast ForWord is only amazing when students complete the protocols.  That’s where our remote service really helps.  We make sure students stay engaged and on track. This includes daily monitoring of your child’s activity, regular check-in calls and remote support sessions when needed as well as student rewards, mailed certificates, online support resources, and a client support group.  Read more about our service here.

Every Student Can Improve

Our results confirm that our learning solution is not just scientific theory. Substantial and lasting change is a very real opportunity for students of all ages. This is why 96% of our clients say they recommend us to others.


Every case is unique and so outcomes vary. While we do our best to screen out students we don’t think we can help, sometimes our program does not make the changes we hope for.  Read more here on our claims.

Find Out If Gemm Learning Can Help

To find out if your child is a candidate for our program, watch this video or call a Gemm Learning specialist for a free consultation.