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:
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 processing involves understanding through demonstrations. This helps students attend to and glean information from vicarious learning experiences.
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.
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.
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.
Embrace inclusive teaching practices by accessing training videos, podcast episodes, and easy-to-use handouts for supporting even the most challenging class.
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.
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 learners! It makes it so easy to address the needs of my neurodiverse learners. I love all the strategy sheets too.- Amy M., Parent
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., Parent
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., Parent
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.