Welcome to the Student Processing Inventory (SPI)

Pay What You Want Offer till April 30, 2024
  • Powerful, online information processing screener.
  • Comprehensive learner reports.
  • Personalized user dashboard for individual and group analytics.
  • Advanced training platform for neurodiverse and inclusive learning.

What is the SPI?

Welcome to the SPI, a powerful assessment designed to transform and enhance education while fostering inclusive learning environments. In an effort to support educators, parents, professionals, and students alike, the SPI offers four essential tools:

  • Online assessments capture an individual's best ways of processing information.
  • Comprehensive, individualized reports with detailed explanations, advice, and resources.
  • Online, user dashboards with group comparisons and in-depth analysis.
  • Informative training resources with a rich array of videos, downloads and podcasts.

Based on research-based methodologies and evidence-based practices, the SPI enables educators to build inclusive learning environments that nurture student success. Join our community of educators who embrace the SPI and witness its remarkable impact on unleashing the potential of every learner.



Visual processing is how our brain makes sense of what we see. This helps students attend to and make sense of visual stimuli such as tables, graphs, maps, and pictures.


Auditory processing involves understanding and encoding information through listening. This prepares students to effectively attend to and learn from lectures, podcasts and discussions.


Tactile processing involves the sense of touch and physical interaction with objects or materials. It also includes encoding information through note-taking and drawing.


Kinesthetic processing involves learning while engaging in physical movement. For many students, movement can enhance learning and memory retention.


Sequential processing entails learning in a step-by-step manner, where instructions are presented in a specific order, such as chronological, alphabetical, or numerical.


Simultaneous processing involves comprehending the overall meaning or big picture, as well as categorizing materials by similarity. This prepares students for organizing information, conceptualizing main ideas, understanding flow charts and diagrams, and maintaining material organization.


Logical/reflective processing involves reflecting upon or thinking about what is learned. This prepares students to work independently and process ideas internally.


Verbal processing incorporates expressing ideas to oneself or others. This helps learners participate in class discussions and feel comfortable sharing ideas.


Interactive processing involves learning and working with others. This trains learners to collaborate and work in groups.

Indirect Experience

Indirect experience processing involves understanding through demonstrations. This helps students attend to and glean information from vicarious learning experiences.

Direct Experience

Direct experience processing involves learning in one's environment. This informs learners that continuing education is ever present in our everyday world and that there are beneficial learning experiences available through museums, aquariums, historic sites and other locales.


Rhythmic melodic processing consists of learning with the use of melodies, beats, and rhythms. This helps students to utilize beats and songs to learn or memorize novel information. For some of these learners, music can serve as white noise that blocks unexpected distractions in the environment.


The SPI stands as an innovative assessment tool, crafted to reshape the educational landscape and equip teachers with essential insights into their students' cognitive processing styles. Rooted in proven evidence-based methodologies, the SPI provides detailed reports and group analytics, acting as a pivotal support for nurturing optimal learning environments.

The SPI offers 36 items (8-10 years of age) and 48 items (11-adult).

The SPI takes about 10-20 minutes.

Because one’s ways of processing information develop with exposure to new teaching methods and academic content; we recommend that students take the SPI once a year.

Yes. Those that sign up for the PRO or ELITE plans, get free access to our training materials (videos, handouts, podcasts). Others can purchase these resources for a small fee.

If you sign up for one of our PRO or ELITE packages, you will be granted a user dashboard. As soon as an assessment is taken, the results will be available for your review. In addition, you will have access to additional student data and reports, group and class analysis and comparison charts, as well as teacher training materials. If you choose for your students to take the inventory separately, they can email you the report results.

Whether you are a homeschooling parent, or just eager to support your child’s learning, the SPI is a great tool to help you uncover the best instructional approaches. Also, if you sign up for a family plan, you will have access to the user dashboard that offers further student data, family graphs and analytics, as well as access to training materials.

Anyone can use the SPI. Whether you are a therapist, tutor, teacher, parent, or other professional who wants to quickly uncover the best way to support a client or learner. We’ve got you covered.

Download: User Guide

  • In the user dashboard, select the Individual Report tab on the top menu.
  • Select a learner to view their report.
  • Scroll to the heading: Add/Edit comments and signature.
  • Select button titled: Add Comments.
  • When done you will be able to view your comments and signature at the end of the report.

SPI Tier System

In the user dashboard, PRO and ELITE members can access the SPI Tier System. This offers a simple way to assign licences and screener credits. It can be used to define clear roles and privileges across four primary user types: Administrators, Supervisors, Teachers, and Learners.

The Advantages of Using the SPI

Research-Based Approach

With twenty five years of in-practice testing, this approach integrates the theories of information processing, multiple intelligences, cognitive styles, differentiated instruction, and Universal Design for Learning so teachers can maximize student potential.

Comprehensive Processing Profiles

Connect better with each student by gaining valuable insights into their unique ways of processing. Then, create and deliver lesson designs or academic support with confidence where every student can thrive.

Neurodiverse Teaching Instructions

Embrace inclusive teaching practices by accessing training videos, podcast episodes, and easy-to-use handouts for supporting even the most challenging class.

Realtime Monitoring

Adapt teaching methods based on the changing needs of the classroom. Then, tailor instruction and assignments to accommodate group preference while also addressing struggling students. Track outcomes quickly to modify learning environments.

Advanced Reporting & Analytics

Once the inventories have been completed, a comprehensive yet user-friendly online dashboard allows you to review both individual and group results. Data are compared across schools, classes, or selected individuals, identifying trends and correlations. This provides insight into group needs and the specific needs of individual outliers. Click the buttons below to view a sample report and an overview of the user dashboard



The SPI has been a game changer in helping my struggling students! It makes it so easy to address the needs of my neurodiverse learners. I love all the strategy sheets too.

- Amy M., SPED Teacher

The SPI revealed that most of my students learn differently than me, since almost none are predominantly verbal or visual. For the future, I will have to come up with more diverse activities/methods for this group that tap into their learning strengths, not mine.

- Wanda B., Middle School Teacher

We need to use a neurodiverse approach and incorporate as many processing modalities as possible into our daily routine. By surveying a class (using the SPI) in the beginning of the year, we can discover the students’ preferred ways of processing and develop lesson plans which complement them. If we are sensitive to their differences, we will reach the greatest number of students.

- Dr. Jane L., Neuropsychologist

This inventory and the recommendations are incredible. I think we, as teachers, spend a great deal of time getting to know the types of learners we have in our class. What a helpful tool to use after the first couple of weeks of school. I would love to use this tool early on and then tailor my lessons to the types of learners and their strengths.

- Martin W., High School Teacher

This is an excellent diagnostic tool for revealing different processing styles and natural talents. I highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about finding the optimal methods of learning for themselves, children, or loved ones. The insight gained is invaluable.

- Mr. Mark T., Elementary School Teacher

I find the SPI and materials very thorough and insightful. It's a perfect concept, and I think it's high time the schools started approaching learning and teaching in this method.

- Ms. Sophia R., Occupational Therapist

Choose the Best Plan


Take the SPI.
Receive Individual SPI Report.


Utilize the online, user dashboard to access all reports and review comparative data analytics.


Access training videos, downloads, and podcasts.


Single Learner


  • 1 assessment
  • 1 comprehensive online report
  • 1 user dashboard license

Family/Home Schoolers

($30.00 per assessment)

  • 4 assessment
  • 4 comprehensive reports
  • 1 user dashboard license
  • Group or family comparisons
  • Library of training resources


($25.00 per assessment)

  • 10 assessments
  • 10 comprehensive reports
  • Family comparisons for consultations
  • 2 user dashboard licenses
  • Learner comparisons for group work
  • Library of training resources

Small School

($25.00 per assessment)

  • 100 assessments
  • 100 comprehensive reports
  • Access to User Dashboard and Reports
  • 10 user dashboard licenses
  • Learner comparisons for group work
  • Library of training resources

Large School

($20.00 per assessment)

  • 500 assessments
  • 500 comprehensive reports
  • Access to user dashboard and reports
  • 50 user dashboard license
  • Learner comparisons for group work
  • Library of training resources

500+ Learners Annually

Call for Pricing

  • 500+ assessments
  • 500+ comprehensive reports
  • Access to user dashboard and reports
  • 50 user dashboard license
  • Learner comparisons for group work
  • Library of training resources