The Basics

SOI and the Art of Kung Fu

When most people think about “kung fu” they immediately think about Chinese martial arts. I have dedicated a large portion of the last 10 years of my life to the study of Chinese martial arts with one of the world’s last true masters. There are many Chinese martial arts styles which fall under the heading of kung fu: Tai Chi, Wudang, Wing Chun, Choy Li Fut, Shoalin, Wushu, amongst many others. But, you might be surprised to know that “kung fu” actually translates as simply “hard work”. Calligraphists, artists, athletes, chefs, and school children in China are all said to practice kung fu (hard work) because what they do takes concentration and extreme effort to get good at it. In fact, there are tea ceremonies (much like those performed in Japan) which are considered some of the highest forms of kung fu because they take a lifetime to perfect.

So, what does any of this have to do with SOI and what we do with it? Well, this gets to the very root of what SOI is! SOI is both an assessment and a protocol of proven exercises (both with the body and the brain) to improve learning abilities. In my opinion, there is much kung fu involved in both stages of this process and on both sides of the coin (the SOI practitioner and the client).

As we all know, there is a certain art to learning to give the SOI assessment, both in understanding what each sub test is asking of the client, and what you can and cannot say during the test. But, the client is the one really performing kung fu! Taking the SOI assessment is hard work as is evidenced by: rubbing of the eyes, rubbing the temples, running hands through hair, shaking of heads, breaking of pencil lead, etc. Many people are truly exhausted after taking the SOI assessment. In fact, Continue reading “SOI and the Art of Kung Fu”

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Our First Q & A Blog Post

We are excited to be starting a new series of question and answer blog posts featuring those who use SOI from around the world! Continue to follow the blog to hear from more SOI teachers, practitioners, and specialists!

Basic Information

Name: Anupma Sethi

Center: EmpowerKidz Learning Center

Title: Founder & Executive Director

Location: Noida, National Capital Region New Delhi, India

Number of years using SOI: 5

Why did you decide to start using SOI?

I decided to use SOI programs to assess, analyze, and try to get answers as to why the students struggle so we can try to build the foundational skills essential for academic and school learning.

Which SOI product or program do you use the most? Why?

I use personalized learning workbooks, computer modules, ALA and PLA assessments, and the Certified Learning program in our practice. Since we are working in an after school program and students in mixed age groups are coming to us, we use the personal workbooks and computer modules. We also get young students with whom we cannot do any kind of formal assessments, so we use the Certified Learning program.

At our center we also have a complete IPP lab where students are doing exercises along with workbooks and computer modules. We do group exercises, Mini IPP, and personalized IPP programs.

Tell us a little bit about how you incorporate SOI into your clinic.

Typically, students are coming to us for one-on-one sessions in the after school environment at our clinic. Once we do our initial assessment using the ALA/PLA, we start personalized workbook along with computer modules. If needed, we will do an IPP assessment, and start the IPP program also. Students come to us at least three times in a week for a one-hour session. As we start the SOI programs, we do educational assessments to find out their reading, spelling, and comprehension levels to begin our educational programs with the students. The goal is to bridge the gap between their present level of functioning and where they should be according to their age and grade.

We might have to use some informal or formal assessment depending on the need and requirements at the school. The students will start to work with us on SOI systems program. Gradually we will introduce educational intervention using multi-sensory teaching programs to make it comprehensive. We are trying to make a combination of SOI systems program and educational intervention to make it a complete package for students. It makes more sense to us as they are building the foundational skills to respond better to the educational interventions using multi-sensory skills.

What is the biggest difference you have seen in your clients/students using SOI? Continue reading “Our First Q & A Blog Post”