LearnFast logo with no background.png


Delivering the world’s best evidence based solutions for learning

The Learning Success Blog

Cam’s journey - A 9 year study of the benefits of Fast ForWord. Part 1

Posted by Peter Barnes on July 31, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Auditory Processing Disorder Fast ForWordCameron didn’t like school - sound familiar?

How can you change that – especially if there is an underlying blocker to learning ?

Over the next few blogs, you will be able to read Cameron’s journey from age 10 being diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) and how he has used Fast ForWord to help himself overcome the challenges of this disability, graduate from high school and start his TAFE studies.

We will include his television interview from the Channel 7 Sunrise Program.

Yes, it is easy to see the short term improvements from using our neuroscience programs to help train the brain, but many people ask “will the improvements last”?

Over this series of blogs, we welcome your questions as we share Cam’s journey over the last 9 years as he improved his learning capacity.

Cam’s journey part 1

10 years old and Cam didn’t like school. He found learning difficult. Keeping up with what the teacher was saying to the class was really hard for him.

His learning difficulty had an impact beyond his classroom.

As each year of primary school passed, Cam became more and more distressed with his inability to make friends – participating in conversations with other children was a challenge. His self-esteem was really low. He felt bad. And to top it all off he was being bullied.

His mother Deb had him assessed by an audiologist who told her that Cam had Auditory Processing Disorder (APD). That started her quest to find help for this common disability.

A neuroscience solution

Two years later she found the solution to Cam’s problems. Deb contacted LearnFast and Cam commenced the Fast ForWord program.

One of the strengths of this neuroscience based program is that it trains the brain to recognise the difference between sounds that are very close together, such as “ba” and “da”, or “va” and “fa”. Then by “re-wiring” the brain’s neural pathways, Fast ForWord makes this skill permanent for the student.

People with APD struggle to hear any difference between these (and other) sounds, and thus misunderstand spoken words. Not only does this make it difficult for people with APD to socialise and follow/participate in conversations but this disability also makes learning to read very challenging.

Removing a block to learning and building learning capacity:

The changes in Cam – his school results, his self confidence – were so dramatic that he and his mum agreed to tell their story on the Channel 7 Sunrise program in 2010. This interview covered Cam’s successes in the 2 years after he had finished 6 months of Fast ForWord exercises.

You can see the video of the Sunrise interview in Part 2 of Cam's journey, which we will post soon.

Who do you know that has or might have APD and would love to improve their listening and reading skills?

Related Posts

Cam's Journey - Part 2

Cam's Journey - Part 3

How Auditory Processing Disorder & Dyslexia are Related

How Fast ForWord Helps with Auditory Processing Disorder

Topics: Auditory Processing Disorder, Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity Success Stories

      Subscribe to Email Updates

      Recent Posts

      LearnFast Blog

      All about Neuroscience & Learning

      Are you interested in trends in learning, learning technology, education, neuroscience, or treatments for learning difficulties – including auditory processing disorder, dyslexia, attention, autism and others?

      Do you have children or students you want to help achieve more from their education?

      Does literacy enhancement or English as a Second Language interest you?

      Find out what’s happening on these and other topics related to neuroscience and learning, read comments on the latest research, and join the discussions.