We saw how his mum, Deb, learnt that Cam had auditory processing disorder (APD). Cam's APD meant that his brain was not able to process sounds accurately. This caused him to struggle to read which made learning difficult, and also to misunderstand spoken words, making it hard for him to join in conversations and socialise easily.
Deb was determined to find a solution for Cam.
She found the Fast ForWord program, a set of exercises based on neuroscience research. When Cam was aged 12, he did the neuroscience exercises for six months and his school results and self confidence lifted so dramatically he and Deb agreed to tell their story on the Channel 7 Sunrise program.
Cam found that the improvements in his auditory processing were maintained and since the interview on Sunrise, he has completed high school and is now studing at TAFE. He has also been learning first aid with St John Ambulance for the last 5 years and he is now a qualified First Responder.
Cam's mother Deb says, "I highly recommend the Fast ForWord program to anyone who has a child with learning difficulties as it’s the only thing that got my son through primary school and up to a level where he could enter and succeed in high school. It’s a brilliant program and should be available in all schools for students to undertake as part of their curriculum.”
A determined mother, a student committed to hard work, and support from a LearnFast Specialist
Cam’s successful journey from a struggling learner in primary school to high school graduate and TAFE student was certainly based on the changes Fast ForWord made in his brain pathways.
But the incredible software (which has earned over 80 patents for unique and innovative technology and design) could not have achieved the success for Cam without the participation of three remarkable people:
- Cameron – who as his mum says, “gave 110% dedication to the program”.
- Cam’s mum, Deb who persisted until she found the underlying cause of his problems was APD, and then spent the next 2 years finding a solution – the Fast ForWord program
- Heidi, the LearnFast Specialist who supported Cam and Deb while he did the program exercises on his computer at home. Deb said: “ Heidi, thank you very much indeed for what we have achieved together, Cam and I, through such adversity over the years.”
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