Classrooms, training

Helping Students Learn to Read

Basic Reader is a complete reading program designed for elementary age students who are struggling with reading.

There are three major causes of reading difficulties: students do not have the necessary perceptual skills; students are not ready cognitively; or the teaching method does not match the students learning style.

Basic Reader addresses all of these causes and helps students read better in five easy steps:

  1.  screen student for vision problems
  2. determine student’s learning style (figural, symbolic, or semantic)
  3. choose the best learning path for the student
  4. administer workbook and computer exercises tailored for the student
  5. reintroduce reading instruction

Basic Reader can be used with many different kinds of students: Continue reading “Helping Students Learn to Read”

learning skills, Testing, training

This Child Just Can’t Remember!

When I hear this statement from a parent or educator, my mind switches into a questioning mode.

What kinds of things don’t they remember?  Can you give me an example of what they can’t remember?  Is it just one thing? Is it multiple things?  Is it situational?  What’s happening when they can’t remember?  Is the information they don’t remember visual or auditory?  Is the difficulty in remembering information or numbers?

No, I don’t badger the witness; I just wonder.  The good news is that I don’t have to wonder long.

Fortunately, with the SOI assessment, we have the answers to many of these questions. Even better, Continue reading “This Child Just Can’t Remember!”

learning skills, Testing, The Basics, training

Those Darn Potholes

I agree.  My topic and thoughts today sound odd.  I stand accused of thinking too much about educational challenges, even when sitting in a long line of cars out at the coast of Oregon.  A large section of Highway 101 was being repaired for potholes.  In the section I was at, it is only a two lane road and the wait ended up to be about 15 minutes going and coming.  I was not driving, so I looked up how much potholes cost the American people – billions of dollars.  AAA reports the cost of automobile damage resulting from potholes to be 6.5 billion dollars a year.

For learners in our educational system, the learning continuum has many potholes.  Learning numbers is easy, but letters and letter sounds is not.  Having a great story to write in our thoughts is never expressed in a timely fashion due to struggles with handwriting, spelling, or grammar.  Algebra comes more easily than geometry or the other way around.  Time spent studying for a test is met with low scores due to poor memory.  The history teacher is interesting to listen to, but reading from the history text is a painful experience of reading and rereading to comprehend the unfamiliar information and numerous facts.  The potholes in learning are as numerous as in our roads after a hard freeze.  Billions of dollars are spent in education on students who struggle to successfully navigate their way through education.

What does this failure to navigate successfully do to the self-esteem and motivation of our students?  What poor decisions are made by students out of frustration and repeated failure?  How many students turn off the main road and travel roads that lead to negative consequences?  How do you start the engine of motivation to learn when on empty?

The SOI (Structure of Intellect) Assessment of Learning Ability is the GPS system in learning.  We Continue reading “Those Darn Potholes”

Testing, The Basics, training

Learning Abilities Testing: How It Works

The key to remedy learning failure is to know why the failure is occurring and to have a systematic approach for eliminating the cause.

TESTS

SOI tests are tests of learning abilities. If students are having difficulty learning, the cause may be a lack of learning abilities. Learning abilities are more fundamental than curricular skills, yet most “diagnostics” of learning problems focus exclusively on curricular skills, and thus most remedial programs are focused on the same curricular skills. When the usual remedial programs are not successful, the causes of the learning problems have probably been misdiagnosed.

SOI tests offer an alternative source of diagnostic information, and SOI training modules offer an effective alternative by teaching learning abilities. SOI tests are available for ages ranging from five years old to adult. We have BRAND NEW online option for testing! Click here to learn more!

RESULTS

SOI tests profile the following abilities: reading, math, memory, comprehension, problem-solving, evaluation, and creativity. Comprehension, memory, and problem-solving abilities are needed from the first day of kindergarten to the last day of college.

Throughout Continue reading “Learning Abilities Testing: How It Works”

inspiration, learning skills, Testing, training

The Actions You See – The Words You Never Hear

SAM, AGE 8

“Oh no, we’re going to read out loud again? I wish I could just disappear. She’s handing out the books. I can’t, I just can’t read out loud again and have the guys laugh when I stumble over the words. I don’t get why they can read without stumbling and I read like a K student. When we go out to recess, someone always says something dumb to me and I just shrug my shoulders. My parents and teacher hate when I do that. Think… I’m good at making people laugh, especially the girl next to me. Maybe it will work again and the teacher will have me sit outside the room. She’s tired of me she says. Oh man, now I’m in for it. How am I going to explain to my parents why I was sent to the office? I hate school.”

  • SOI Assessment showed extreme visual issues that were corrected with Developmental Optometry.
  • Sam did SOI paper/pencil modules at my learning center for the school year.
  • Was at grade level in reading by the next year.
  • Sam is soon to graduate from medical school as a pediatric surgeon.
  • He still makes people laugh and has the most caring nature.
  • In his chosen field, his personality will be a gift to many families.

JOHN, AGE 16

“Not one single person can give me a good reason why I have to Continue reading “The Actions You See – The Words You Never Hear”

learning skills, training

Vision: Focusing Skills

Vision: “The ability of sight, the manner in which one sees or conceives of something”

Think about it:

If you are unable to scan horizontally – a visual requisite for reading and closing letters into words that are meaningful – your achievement level drops.

If you are unable to distinguish small differences (visual discrimination), which is especially critical for sustained reading over an extended period of time, your achievement level drops.

If you are unable to understand vocabulary and verbal ideas due to visual fatigue and loss of concentration, your achievement level drops.

If you have jerky eye movement when following an object, excessive head movement, overshooting the target, fatigue, and clumsiness – symptoms of poor eye tracking – your achievement level drops.

The SOI-IPP program has been able to screen people with these conditions and prepare a course of action. For severe cases of these vision issues, the best therapy is a developmental optometrist. SOI realizes the value of such treatment and encourages people to pursue this venue.

Vision can be the hindrance for learning success. Students receive the OK from the school nurse that their vision is 20/20, but classroom performance says otherwise. If a student is suspected of having vision problems, every avenue should be pursued to correct the deficiency. Build a foundation: strengthen the teamwork of the eyes so the learning experience is enjoyable.

SOI has designed a new vision workbook that targets these focusing skills! The workbook concentrates on the areas of visual tracking and stamina. Parents and teachers are invited to use this tool as part of their student exercises in developing good vision skills. Whether you are in a school, clinic, or at home, this workbook is great option! Take a look at the sample pages below.

written by: Jody Brooks, SOI Systems general manager

training

Modules? Seriously.

The ideal SOI recipe for success for learning and career is simple: test, cognitive and IPP training, retest.

The initial testing is often rewarding and intriguing, as we figure out some of our enigmatic client needs. However, the re-testing often is not as critical. What about the training? I believe it’s the middle of the recipe that’s absolutely unique and valuable: the personalized follow-up plan based upon the individual’s SOI scores, with new insight into the learning styles and needs – especially for those who struggle in school or the workplace.

This is the heart of the recipe. Many of us bring areas of expertise to the table – either in teaching; or from the Meeker Paradigm area #3 (physio-neurological), where medical or mental health barriers to learning and functioning are discovered. However, the SOI modules – both paper and computer – remain the main course. Here are a few of my emphases and SOI recommendations from my personal toolbox along the SOI remediation way.

I use lots of SOI “brain-building” modules. Remember, they have been developed for specific learning ability building. They are potent. I always use more Continue reading “Modules? Seriously.”