I Watched But Did Not See | Part 1

I now realize there were many signs I missed as our bright, funny, clever daughter moved through the first five years of her life.  I loved watching her play.  She was doing 100 piece puzzles at the age of three.  How clever is that?  She loved to draw, but she rejected doing coloring books.  We wanted to expand her drawing ability and we were more than happy to put the coloring books out of the picture.  She loved animals of any kind and her menagerie of stuffed animals was significant because everyone in the family knew of her passion.  Those…

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How SOI & IPP Benefit the Deaf Community

During my many years at the Tennessee School for the Deaf, I was often asked if my deaf students were a challenge because of their deafness.  I would always reply, “At TSD, my students are great; it’s the adults that drive me crazy”.  I said that because it didn’t take me long to learn that kids in the deaf community are just like their hearing counterparts in public school. They laugh, play, love, and learn just like any other kid. The deaf child also brings into the classroom the same learning challenges that any other child brings. If there is…

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What is Intelligence?

  This blog post is extracted from an interview with Mary Meeker by Betty D. Watkins. "All children have intelligence. We have asked the wrong question. We ask how much. We must ask what kind." - Mary MeekerIn the late 1800s, Alfred Binet was commissioned to develop a way of identifying children who could not learn in school. Binet's test was modified at Stanford University by Terman for use by American children. Thus were the intelligence test and the I.Q. score created. The Standford Binet Intelligence Test is still used to identify ability to learn in school. The Stanford Binet…

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SOI & Reading Comprehension

The need to improve reading comprehension is well-documented. The schools’ greatest successes in reading achievement have come at the third grade level. This is true in every state and at the national level as well.  The downward trend in reading achievement begins in the fourth grade and continues through the high school years – it never improves, and only rarely levels off. Why does achievement decline after the third grade?  The answer is reading comprehension. Reading instruction through the third grade is mostly concentrated on mechanics and on concrete content.  After the third grade; the emphasis shifts to reading comprehension…

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How Can We Build Resilience in Children During the Pandemic?

Coronavirus is being a spoilsport of 2020 so far for everyone – be it children, adults or the elderly. It has taken the world by surprise and nobody knows how long will it continue like this. When we are faced inevitable adversity like this in life, to achieve our intended goals and finding happiness, a person’s ability to cope and resilience play a very important role. The ability to thrive despite these challenges arises from the skills of resilience.  The good news is,  parents can teach resilience skills to their children. Building resilience — It is the ability to adapt…

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How SOI Helps Non-Readers

“Dyslexia” is not synonymous with “non-reader” — and it is misleading to use the two as interchangeable. There maybe many reasons for an inability to read, and dyslexia is only one of them. Applying “dyslexia” too loosely is more than semantic misuse; it may actually preempt interventions that are more appropriate and less expensive. What are the intervention therapies for a non-reader? INTERVENTIONS BEYOND STANDARD INSTRUCTION If students are beyond the third grade and have still not learned to read, we must assume that they have already encountered all of the standard reading instruction — whether it is phonics, whole…

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New Product Launch: SOI Memory Handbook

M = My    E = Everyday    M = Memory   O = Often    R =  Refuses to    Y = Yield Information Does this definition of MEMORY sound familiar?  Do you forget why you walked into a room? Where you left your car keys? A neighbor or friend's name? Memory is a major concern for many people. It doesn’t matter if you are 8 or 80; we all need memory training to keep our brain sharp.  Visual and auditory memory is the backbone of school and career advancement. Dr. Mary Meeker recognized this deficiency back in 1977…

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IPP in the Panoply of Learning

There are three broad stages in human learning. Humans, unlike almost all other creatures, are slow in developing the capacity to learn appropriate to their environs.  Most creatures come into life pre-wired with almost all they need to survive and thrive — humans have a greater need, and a greater capacity to learn, but they are not completely pre-wired — they need to learn how to learn. The first stage is so elementary that it was not even identified until the last half-century.  It is called “patterning”. It occurs when babies first start to explore their environment by crawling and…

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Energia SOI Wins Education Award in India

We are so excited to announce that Energia SOI, located in India, has won the award for Best Educational Program Start-Up for Kids 2018. We are so proud of Ambereen and Sadaf, the founders of Energia SOI. They have worked so hard for this achievement! Ambereen recently wrote to us: "Hope you all doing fine. I am very excited to share with you Energia SOI has been nominated for India education award 2018. I still remember in May 2014, I wrote a mail to Diane asking of how I can become part of SOI. Its been almost 4 years since…

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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…

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