Auditory Processing Explained

Fast ForWord, Auditory Processing

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Does your student have any of these difficulties?

  • Is slow to respond to questions or follow instructions?
  • Forgets complex instructions?
  • Is easily distracted during listening tasks?
  • Is better at listening in individual or small group situations than in large groups?
  • Has particular problems listening when there is a lot of background noise?
  • Confuses similar sounding words (eg ‘comb’ and ‘cone’) during listening tasks?
  • Has difficulties saying complex words (eg says ‘mazagine’ for ‘magazine’)?

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) can limit your child’s ability to learn

Your child may have an auditory processing problem when he or she has difficulty perceiving, decoding, remembering and retrieving information they hear.  Children need these auditory skills to learn.

If a child with APD falls behind in the early years of their schooling, they tend to fall further behind in later grades unless their ability to process what they hear is improved.  This is because a large part of the classroom teaching and instruction is spoken.

Get your Report on Auditory Processing Disorder

What is APD, does your child have it?  Want to know how to identify and treat APD in the home and the classroom? Want to learn specific APD remediation techniques? Complete the form to download a FREE COPY of the Auditory Processing Disorder Report  ‘A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers’ by Joyce Kerins.

Joyce has over 10 years experience helping people with language and learning difficulties and is internationally regarded for her work with children who suffer from Auditory Processing Disorder.


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The Importance of Timing


Paula A. Tallal, Ph.D., a director of Scientific Learning Corporation, is also a Board of Governors’ professor of neuroscience at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA, where she helped found and currently co-directs the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience.

Tallal is a cognitive neuroscientist and board-certified clinical psychologist who has authored over 200 professional publications and holds several patents.

She was selected by the Library of Congress in the USA to be the Commentator for the Field of Psychology at its Bicentennial Celebration and earned the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Prize for her work leading to the development of Fast ForWord software.

Tallal received her bachelor’s degree from New York University and her Ph.D. from Cambridge, England. She is also a participant in many scientific advisory boards and governmental committees on developmental language disorders and learning disabilities.

The Ability to Learn


Dr. Merzenich is the brain behind Fast ForWord and the author of Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life. For nearly five decades, he has been a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research.

Dr. Merzenich has published more than 150 articles in leading peer-reviewed journals (such as Science and Nature), received numerous awards and prizes (including the Russ Prize, Ipsen Prize, Zülch Prize, Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award and Purkinje Medal), and been granted nearly 100 patents for his work. He and his work have been highlighted in hundreds of books about the brain, learning, rehabilitation, and plasticity.


Mike Merzenich, Norman Doidge, Fast ForWord

The Brain That Changes Itself – Norman Doidge interviews Mike Merzenich.

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What if it were possible to reopen critical-period plasticity, so that adults could pick up languages the way children do, just by being exposed to them? Merzenich had already shown that plasticity extends into adulthood, and that with work—by paying close attention—we can rewire our brains. But now he was asking, could the critical period of effortless learning be extended?




Dr. Michael MerzenichMike has been a pioneer and a leader in demonstrating that the brain function and wiring is sensitive to neural activity. His basic work has elucidated mechanisms underlying this plasticity, and his translational work has illuminated the possible ways medicine can intervene to ameliorate brain disorders… his work has revolutionized the way we view the brain’s plasticity and his latest work in mental disorders illustrates his sincere dedication to alleviate human suffering.” – Dr. John Rubenstein, MD, PhD, distinguished professor in Child Psychiatry at UCSF

Dr. Merzenich’s work is also often covered in the popular press, including the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalTimeWired, Forbes,Discover, and Newsweek. He has appeared extensively on television. He is the scientific consultant and provided the brain assessments and brain training exercises for the Discovery Channel show “Hack My Brain” (which aired in Australia as “Redesign My Brain.”) His work has also been featured on four PBS specials: “The Brain Fitness Program,” “Brain Fitness 2: Sight and Sound,” “The New Science of Learning,” and “Brain Fitness Frontiers.”

Dr. Merzenich earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Portland and his PhD at Johns Hopkins. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in Madison before becoming a professor at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2007, he retired from his long career at UCSF as Francis A. Sooy Professor and Co-Director of the Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1999 and the Institute of Medicine in 2008.

In the late 1980s, Dr. Merzenich was on the team that invented the cochlear implant, now distributed by market leader Advanced Bionics. In 1996, Dr. Merzenich was the founding CEO of Scientific Learning Corporation (Nasdaq: SCIL), which markets and distributes software that applies principles of brain plasticity to assist children with language learning and reading.

To learn more about Dr. Merzenich’s work, we recommend his book Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change your Life.

Soft Wired, Brain Plasticity,

“Soft-Wired is one of the most important books on health and aging ever written…




“Soft-Wired is the most authoritative, useful and entertaining book on the subject of brain plasticity. Written by the scientist who launched the field, this book stands above them all.” — Sandra Blakeslee, New York Times science writer

Auditory Processing Disorder and Dyslexia Relationship

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How It Works

Our treatment for auditory processing disorder for children and adults is centered around the Fast ForWord software series. Our brain training programs strengthen auditory processing, working memory, attention and sequencing — essential cognitive skills – and then reading programs build reading fluency and comprehension.

The exercises involve making hundreds of sequencing and processing decisions in quick succession, with speed and complexity added at the student’s own pace. Every session is an intensive auditory processing disorder therapy that creates new neural pathways, new abilities that translate into the language processing efficiency required for reading and learning.

This highly effective approach makes Fast ForWord the most recommended auditory processing disorder treatment for children worldwide.

adaptive treatment for auditory processing disorderAdaptive, individualized training

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auditory processing disorder treatment researchResearch-validated for APD

Goals of our Auditory Processing Treatment

Improve Following Directions

Children with auditory processing difficulties do not process fast enough for accurate listening. Background noise can also be troublesome. Our software builds the processing efficiency and working memory required to accurately hear and follow directions at natural language speed.

Build Reading Efficiency

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) impacts phonological awareness, a crucial reading skill. Our  reading programs improve phonological awareness and reading fluency in younger readers, and decoding efficiency and reading comprehension in older children.

Improve Focus

auditory processing treatment in childrenAuditory processing disorder makes learning exhausting, often leading to an ADD diagnosis. While ADD medicines manage symptoms, our interventions for auditory processing disorder for children and teenagers targets the cause of inattentiveness. By making reading and listening easier, more engaging, our software can reduce ADD symptoms.

Build Language Skills

Auditory processing disorder can limit vocabulary, articulation and or conversational skills. Inefficient listening impedes language skill development, which also impacts reading and writing. Our auditory processing treatment helps language dexterity.

Online Software, Monitored by Professionals

Neuron Learning is a home-based intervention for K-12 children, teens and adults. We are the largest provider of Fast ForWord in Europe and The Middle East.

Pre and post testing assessment  Daily monitoring, weekly reports, regular calls

Online student rewards  Engaging games, online rewards

Treatment method includes online support  Risk-free start, guaranteed results, satisfied clients

Learn If Our Auditory Processing Treatment Is Suitable For Your Child

To find out if your child is a candidate for our program, please call one of our specialists for a free consultation Monday to Friday, 9AM to 5PM London time.