How Are Cognitive Skills Assessed?

Taking a cognitive skill assessment is the first step to laying a strong foundation that enables any student to achieve their best. Because knowing the cognitive skill profile of a student is so important, there is evolution in the available resources for the assessment of cognitive skills. We at Empowerkidz have done extensive research to identify the research based and standardized screening and diagnostic tests for cognitive skills. We use the following tests and techniques to measure the cognitive skills depending on the needs of the individual children.

  • Online screening through Gibson Test
  • Structure of Intellect theory based Test
  • Perceptual Skills Assessment ( Visual & Auditory Skills Assessment)
  • Motor Skills Assessment

The Gibson Test is an online cognitive skill assessment that blends the best elements of several industry standard tests into one  unique screening that consists of seven sub-tests and reports on nine core cognitive skill values. The assessment is internet based, takes 35-40 minutes to complete and is very affordable. The title of the each subtest area identifies the cognitive skill that is being measured. The tests are intended to start off with easy questions and gradually move to harder questions. In all but one test, the test is terminated if the student misses three in a row. If they miss three in a row, it is assumed the student is guessing. If the student misses the first question, the instructions are repeated once. The seven subtests are:

1) Processing Speed
2) Working memory
3) Word Attack
4) Visual Processing
5) Auditory Analysis (segmenting and dropping)
6)Logic and Reasoning

SOI stands for Structure of Intellect, which is a theory of the functions and products of human intelligence.  It is a system of tests and training materials to develop intellectual abilities.  The SOI® is based on the work of J. P. Guilford whose search for intellectual abilities began in 1940 and lasted until 1959.

Structure of Intellects System® (SOI) is the basis of                          academic/educational assessment.  Based on J. P. Guilford’s theory of multiple intelligences and developed by Dr. Mary Meeker for use in schools, SOI tests a range of intelligence abilities which are needed for success with academic studies or career placement. Mary Meeker found that intelligence is not fixed. Intelligence can be developed.

Upon diagnosing strengths and weaknesses, EmpowerKidz uses the SOI system follow-up program of activities to build potential abilities to enable success in school or in life.  This program has wide-ranging applications in reading readiness, academic assessment and remediation, and career counseling.

Our Assessment using SOI systems identifies 27 abilities required for learning reading, arithmetic, math or  any occupational prerequisite.

We teach those abilities which are low, maintain those that are gifted, and  develop further any that are average.

The Structure of Intellect System of learning is called Learning Therapy. Your child will be worked with one on one during each session that they attend. Each session of 1.5 hours includes one on one training with a trained learning therapist, doing tasks including paper and pencil activities, physical exercises that develop new neuro pathways of the brain and develop the many intellectual abilities as cognition, memory, executive functions as well as focusing and sensori-integration abilities that will in turn develop the specific learning abilities, and gives your child the “mental tools” that they need to be prepared to learn in school!

Whether it is an academic problem or difficulty focusing attention , concentrating or other behavior problems, many of these, if not most, are based on a lack of the mental skills necessary for successful functioning in school — and in life! Once their intellectual abilities are well developed your child will learn and achieve more easily and remediation of weak academic skills (caused by years of poor processing skills) will be resolved more quickly than before!

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