Can you or your child do mental arithmetic with four digit numbers? Do you think in pictures or words or music? Would you rather be outside working with plants or at a computer creating a mobile app? Do you even know?
At Identifor, we believe these answers are needed so that educational and/or vocational plans can be formulated to create the most rewarding experiences before an individual reaches high school, while in high school, and after high school graduation. At Identifor, we stand for identifying and building upon each person’s unique abilities, skills and interests for the pursuit of fulfilling futures for each individual (thus Identifor).
We aspire to build – over time – a set of tools to help parents and individuals develop a systematic understanding of their own (or their child’s):
- Abilities using the work pioneered by Harvard Professor Howard Gardner in his theory of Multiple Intelligences.
- Executive Function (EF) skills based on the work by Professor George McCloskey from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a leading author in the growing field of EF.
- Career interests building on the work by John Holland from Johns Hopkins University.
Our unique approach in creating this understanding comes from the analysis of data on how individuals play games. We will offer a set of games that children and adults will love to play, and the games themselves will collect data on how the player reacts, answers questions, makes decisions, etc.
We will also provide the ability for a 360° assessment of the child – the ability for parents to contribute their own observations about the child, for any number of caregivers and educators invited by parents to provide similar input, and for the child to provide his/her own input if possible or appropriate. We will correlate these inputs with data from the game to give a comprehensive picture of an individual’s abilities, skills and interests. We may even identify where discrepancies may exist among various reviewers providing input on a single child.