learning skills, soi-ipp, The Basics

SOI System’s Approach to Learning Problems

SOI Systems is a company with a 50 year history of addressing student learning problems. Our focus has been primarily on making sure that the student’s capacities for learning are matching the expectations of the teaching situation – whether that is in a school, a university, or less formal circumstances like home schooling.

When the student’s capacities for learning do not match the expectations of the learning situation, we take a clinical approach to the situation – isolate and identify the learning problem; make a preliminary diagnosis, test to find the probable cause; prescribe an intervention; and monitor to see if the intervention is effective.

This is not a one-size-fits-all approach – it is individualized for each student-client. On the other hand, as with any clinical practice, there are broad guidelines based on years of experience. These guidelines define three general areas.


All learning situations are predicated on a set of expectations about the student’s cognitive abilities – acquisition of new data or concepts (cognition), recall of data acquired (memory), information Continue reading “SOI System’s Approach to Learning Problems”

learning skills, Testing, training

SOI Memory Training

The Structure of Intellect assesses many different learning abilities. What often shows up as the lowest overall ability is memory – both visual and auditory.

If you think of memory as “the developed art of paying attention,” then you begin to understand why this is a growing concern in education, especially in elementary school.Comprehension is diminished by lower memory ability and problem-solving becomes frustrating when memory ability fails to recall correct information. Fortunately, SOI is in the business of training memory!


  • memory is the ability to retrieve information that has been previously understood
  • a lack of memory abilities can be inhibiting or disabling in the acquisition of basic learning skills
  • memory is one of the easiest learning abilities to train
  • you will see improvement with fifteen minutes of daily memory training


Memory Matrix is our most Continue reading “SOI Memory Training”

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!”

Classrooms, The Basics

The Brain. Did You Know?

  • Did you know an ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain?
  • Did you know that even though your brain weighs 2% of your total body weight, it uses 25% of all oxygen you breathe and 15% of your body’s blood supply?
  • Did you know the average human brain contains around 78% water?
  • Did you know that when recognizing a persons’ face you use the right side of your brain?

Brain BlogOur brains are so intricate and interesting! Let’s look at the CEREBRUM which is the largest part of our brain; it is divided into four sections or lobes.

The FRONTAL lobe is used for expressive language, reasoning, cognition, and motor skills. Any damage to this lobe can result in changes in socialization, attention, and behavior.*

Tactile senses like pain, pressure, and touch are processed in the PARIETAL lobe. Any damage to it can cause problems with language, ability of controlling eye gaze, and verbal memory.*

The duty of the OCCIPITAL lobe is to interpret the information gathered from the eyes. If this area is damaged, the visual ability becomes so impaired that the person is unable to recognize words, colors, or objects.*

The TEMPORAL lob is responsible for our memories and processing sounds recorded by our ears. If damaged, our language skills, speech perception, and memory is affected.*

SOI is frequently asked the question, “Can you help?” The answer is definite yes!

We have used the IPP program and memory training in brain damaged and trauma victims, but scientific research and documentation has not been established.  We do know that the process is long and often times painfully frustrating to the client based on personal reports we have received, but results have happened.


If you are working with a trauma victim using the SOI theory, we would love to get your input and results to share with others.

To learn more about SOI online testing, click here!

written by: Jody Brooks, SOI Systems general manager


SOI News

SOI Top Sellers!

SOI’s ability to develop learning abilities is what makes us stand out! Take a look at our list of top-selling SOI products and programs.

Find out what they are and why they’re so popular. Keep in mind that they can all be used in both schools and clinics.

Basic Reader: Basic Reader is designed for elementary-aged students who are struggling with reading. The program addresses three common causes: students do not have the necessary perceptual skills, students are not ready cognitively, or the teaching method doesn’t match the student’s learning style. Basic Reader is an easy-to-use, all-in-one program that includes screening, testing, and student materials to address all three causes of reading difficulties.

Memory Matrix: Memory is one of the easiest learning abilities to train, so it’s a great ability to work on with all of your students. You will begin to see improvement with 15 minutes of daily memory training. The Memory Matrix program contains 13 different visual and auditory exercises that help with reading, math, language arts, and more. Figural, symbolic, and semantic abilities are all trained in exercises that vary in levels of difficulty.

Personalized Workbooks and CDs: SOI is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve learning abilities. Every personalized workbook and CD is designed specifically to target each student’s learning needs – the abilities that will benefit the student the most. Low and average abilities are improved and high abilities are enhanced. Each student must take an SOI learning abilities test in order to determine what abilities are in need of improvement.

Certified Learning: Certified Learning teaches young students the intellectual abilities needed for academic success. The program allows students to work at their own pace in three different learning centers: computer, workbook, and group. One of our Certified Learning teachers said it best, “In my opinion, the Certified Learning program is fantastic at filling in the gaps that kids have. This is my 20th year as an educator, and I have seen nothing that does it better.”

IPP: IPP is a program for addressing learning difficulties. It addresses visual, auditory, and sensory-motor skills through a series of exercises customized to meet every student’s needs. Each student gets to work on building skills that are essential to the learning process. This program is successful because it tackles the causes of the learning difficulties!


Working with Adults and SOI: A Life-Changing Experience

When people ask me what ages I work with, I usually say “4 to 94.” That surprises them because they assume that I only work with school-age children and teenagers. It is true that over the last 10-12 years, most of my clients have been young, but one of my best experiences was with one of my adult clients, Lester.

When I first tested Lester, he was 43 years old. Lester was sent to me by his mother, who was very concerned about her son. Lester was so lonely and depressed that he confined himself to his apartment, only leaving for brief outings to the grocery store. He had not had a job in over three years. School was difficult for Lester because of various learning disabilities. He attended college for a short time, but found it to be overwhelming. Lester was married briefly, until the day his wife announced she wanted a divorce.

When I met Lester, he was severely depressed and did not make eye contact. One afternoon, after working with Lester twice a week for over two months, I was following him down the hall and suddenly realized that he was over six feet tall! When I began working with him, Lester walked with his head hanging down and shoulders slumped, but now he was walking tall and confidently! That’s why I love my job!

The results of Lester’s SOI test revealed why he struggled in school: while one-third of his profile was above average, his low scores were in cognition and visual memory. Lester’s auditory memory was gifted and auditory memory (with sequencing) was high average. In school, he seldom understood anything the first time it was taught, so he would use his excellent auditory memory to memorize concepts for the next test. Continue reading “Working with Adults and SOI: A Life-Changing Experience”


Memory Training I

Did you know that memory is one of the easiest learning abilities to train?

Memory is an important part of life and learning, but how much time do we really spend developing or improving it?

At SOI, we have testing and training materials that target a variety of learning abilities: comprehension, memory, evaluation, creativity, and problem solving. Aside from these materials, there are many exercises/games that improve specific learning abilities.

Below you will find two exercises/games that improve memory that can be used with younger children/students. These activities are a fun way to train this important ability. They can also be done quickly and easily!

Exercise 1 – Memory of Figural Units

Objective: The student will be able to develop the ability to remember given figural objects.


  • 10 small toy objects that are all different such as a ball, block, pencil, pen, chalk, crayon, eraser, paper clip, paper, toy animals, dishes, etc.
  • tray to hold all the objects
  • box (a shoe box or something similar) to place objects in; cover the box with a lid that has a hole in it large enough for student’s hand to go into

Continue reading “Memory Training I”