“Jody, we discontinued the SOI program at our elementary school this past year and for the intermediate school. Thank you for the recent contact; however, our focus has moved more in the RTI movement. Thanks again!”
The above message was sent to me last week when I contacted a school about the upcoming school year and their SOI-IPP lab renewal. I was blown away by the illogical response of this school.
For those of you who do not know about the RTI movement, you will find the definition below. Read it and decide for yourself if the SOI-IPP program qualifies as a solution for these students.
RTI stands for “response to intervention.” With RTI, schools identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions and adjust the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student’s responsiveness, and identify students with learning disabilities or other disabilities. (NCRTI, 2010. Taken from the National Dissemination for Children with Disabilities)
Sound familiar? Or similar to the No Child Left Behind program?
The excerpt below was taken from a paper written in 1999 by Robert Meeker, Ed.D.
Over the past twenty-five years, SOI Systems has had success dealing with learning difficulties by utilizing a diagnostic and treatment protocol that encompasses learning abilities, sensory-motor integration, and perceptual skills. Since 1985, the protocol has been formulated into an “expert” computer system called IPP, which stands for Integrated Practice Protocol. It is “integrated” because it integrates the Structure of Intellect (SOI) learning abilities, sensory-motor integration, and perceptual skills into one set of assessments and has a computer-based expert system to generate individual treatment plans.
Did you catch that? The program generates individual treatment plans!
Since I was having difficulty understanding the difference between what SOI does and what an RTI is suppose to do, I contacted Renee Anderson, one of our senior consultants, and asked her to explain this to me.
Renee said she is up against the same thing when promoting SOI and IPP to schools in Texas. The RTI is research based. Administrators want to see the research. “Great,” I said.
We have research, statistics, testimonials, and real life students who have been helped using the SOI-IPP program. But it’s not good enough. The research has to be on the commissioner of education’s list. The study has to be done by an impartial outside party, submitted and reviewed by the commission.
Do we hire an outside impartial party to study SOI and do the research? You know if you are paying someone, you can persuade them to see things your way. So that’s no good.
Who decides what programs are researched and get the study done in order to get on the commissioner of education’s list? Can anyone answer that question? If so, please let me know!
Sounds like the old lady who swallowed the bird to catch the spider and swallowed the spider to catch the fly! Still swallowing, but choking on the results.
written by: Jody Brooks, SOI Systems general manager