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Musical Learner

Part 6 of 8 in our Blog Series on Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences.

A musical learner may also be referred to as an aural learner, or an auditory-musical-rhythmic learner. Individuals with this learning style prefer to work with sound and music; they have a natural aptitude for pitch and rhythm.

Singing and/or playing an instrument comes easy to a musical learner. They can also pick out sounds and musical pieces that their peers might not. This includes the sound of different instruments, and background music being played in movies or TV shows.

Musical learners excel in the type of setting where they can hear music, but also hear the relationship and patterns between those sounds.

Music is constantly on the mind of a musical learner, to the point that you can often find them humming or tapping along to a jingle in their head. Try as they might, having songs and jingles stuck in the head of a music learner is unavoidable — they pop into the individual’s head without being prompted.

Motivations of a Musical Learner

Individuals with an auditory learning style have a strong desire to work in the field of music as a career choice. This could include playing music, conducting music, composing music, or audio engineering in a sound studio.

When it comes to learning new information, musical learners utilize sound, rhyme, and music as a means of association and visualization. That’s because sound recordings provide background info about the subject, as well as help to facilitate visualization.

For example, if the individual is motivated to become a music conductor, listening to live orchestral recordings on a headset can be used to create visualizations. It can also strengthen the association in the person’s mind between a music conductor and orchestral music pieces.

Music itself can also be a motivator. Music evokes all kinds of mental states in people, not just musical learners. Music can make you feel happy, sad, angry, energized, or ready to chill out. Auditory learners should make note of which songs make them feel energized, and play them back when they need that extra boost of motivation.

Use your child’s fascination with music to their advantage. You know some people turn information into an acronym to help them remember it better? Such as “ROY G BIV”, which represents all the colors of the rainbow in that order. Well musical learners can follow the same kind of idea, except turn the information into a musical chant. Then all they have to do is sing the chant back to themselves to recall the information.

Teaching a Musical Learner

Just as it is important to know what you can to do help musical learners, it’s just as important to know what to avoid. Here are some helpful tips:  

  • Avoid quiet environments: Avoiding putting musical learners in a completely quiet environment. When in a room that’s devoid of sound, the individual will eventually begin to create their own by humming or tapping out songs and jingles.
  • Embrace “noisy” study time: Do not encourage quiet reading or writing time. While that may sound perfectly acceptable for other individuals with different learning styles, it does no favors for musical learners. Musical learners benefit from being able to hear their words spoken out loud before writing them down. Reading out loud is also encouraged.
  • Be patient: Above all, do not get frustrated or annoyed by the song-singing, toe-tapping musical learners. Instead of trying to get them to adapt to your way of teaching, incorporate music into your lessons somehow. Who knows, it might make the learning experience more enjoyable for all.

Musical learners can learn just as well as any other child, they just have a specific style that suits them. Use these tips to help your child excel in school by learning in a way where they feel most comfortable. If you would like to learn more about your child’s learning style, we encourage you to have them try some of our free games which explore the full range of a child’s multiple intelligences.

The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. It suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on IQ testing, is far too limited. Instead, Dr. Gardner proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults.

This is part 6 in our blog series covering all 8 of Howard Gardner’s proposed 8 intelligences. Click here to view Part 5.

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Logical Learner

Part 5 of 8 in our Blog Series on Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences

A logical learner, also known as a mathematical learner, enjoys exercising one’s mind and applying mathematical and logical reasoning to solve problems. Highly adept at recognizing patterns, logical learners can identify connections shared by things that have no obvious relation to one another. This ability leads them to compartmentalizing information in order to understand it better.

Of course, since logical learners are also referred to as mathematical learners, they enjoy working with numbers and have a seemingly uncanny ability to solve complicated math problems. Grasping the fundamentals of complex mathematical systems, such as trigonometry and algebra, is no problem for this type of learner. In fact, it may come so easy to them that they’re capable of working out complex math problems in their head without the use of a calculator.  

Problem Solving for a Logical Learner

Logical learners create systematic ways of working through problems. Once a solution is found, the procedure is then stored in memory to be used when faced with a similar problem.

Some problem solving techniques utilized by logical learners include: setting numerical targets and budgets, progress tracking, using agendas, itineraries, and to-do lists to stay organized, and perhaps even ranking daily activities in order of importance.

Behavior and Goals of a Logical Learner

Since these types of learners are so concerned with being scientifically correct, they may be quick to point out when there are logic flaws in something a person is saying, writing, or doing. For this reason logical learners may come across as being abrasive, but they only have the best intentions in mind.

When at a job, in school, or even in one’s daily life — logical learners are strict followers of rules, processes, and procedures. However, if something doesn’t make sense to a logical learner, they may ask you to quantify it or prove it in order to see the logic in it.

Individuals with a logical learning style are likely to be motivated to pursue careers in: science, math, accounting, investigative work, law, and computer science.

Teaching a Logical Learner

  • Create lists: Studying can become more effective by creating lists of key points taken from the material being studied. Using statistics and other in-depth analyses can help further one’s understanding of the material.
  • Make it illogical: Logical learners may find it beneficial to work through a problem by making it illogical. For example, if asked to memorize the association between two elements, there’s a better chance at recalling the information if the association was made to be illogical.
  • Utilize systems thinking: Understanding the connection between various parts of a system can be made easier by utilizing systems thinking. For example, a logical learner may have an understanding of all the components that are used to build a computer, but doesn’t understand how the components communicate with each other to perform tasks. Using systems thinking can help with achieving that understanding.
  • Say no to analysis paralysis: It’s ok to over-analyze on occasion, but logical learners need to be careful not to become a victim of analyses paralyses. This is what occurs when someone spends so much time thinking about how to do something that it never gets done. Anyone should be able to see the lack of logic in spending more time planning and less time doing.


A logical learner can learn just as well as any other child, it all starts with understanding the learning style that works for them. Using these tips will help your child excel in school by allowing them learn in a way they feel most comfortable. If you would like to learn more about your child’s learning style, we encourage you to have them try some of our free games which explore the full range of a child’s multiple intelligences.

The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. It suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on IQ testing, is far too limited. Instead, Dr. Gardner proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults.

This is part 5 in our blog series covering all 8 of Howard Gardner’s proposed 8 intelligences. Click here to view Part 4.

Identifor Announces Release of Platform, Mobile Apps and New Games

Identifor released the following Press Release at 8:44 a.m. this morning.


(Mendham, NJ): Identifor today launched its groundbreaking web- and mobile-based platform to help individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) identify their unique strengths and abilities.  The platform is accessible free of charge through Identifor’s website ( iOS and Android apps can also be download at no cost from the App Store and Google Play.

Identifor was created in 2014 by husband and wife team Cuong Do and Lori Rickles, who searched in vain for an analytical tool that would help them understand their autistic son’s abilities and strengths so that educational and vocational plans can be pursued. Their mission to prepare him for a future that realizes his maximum potential led to the creation of Identifor.  “We’re motivated by the stories of how parents stumble upon their child’s abilities and are then able to pursue schooling or jobs that build on those strengths. We want to help make this stumbling effect reality for all individuals and families with special needs,” said Do.  Finding nothing available in the marketplace, they developed Identifor in an effort to help all individuals identify their strengths – regardless of where they live or economic means.

Do and Rickles teamed up with leaders in education, psychology, technology and artificial intelligence to develop their revolutionary approach. Identifor makes it possible to identify the unique abilities of an individual with ASD and provide guidance on crafting individual education plans (IEPs) and transition plans to remove the stress and uncertainty of the transition from high school to adulthood.

Their work is based on landmark research by prominent professors Howard Gardner of Harvard, George McCloskey of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), and John Holland of Johns Hopkins University.  They worked closely with Autism Speaks, a national advocacy organization, and with Celebrate the Children (CTC), a school in Denville, NJ that focuses on children with various emotional and intellectual differences.  They also partnered with Florida International University (FIU) and Dartmouth College to initiate research on the effectiveness of the tools and a variety of other organizations to support teens and adults using their tools in schools, workplaces and housing settings.

Unlike other systems of testing and measurement, which can be tedious, difficult or impossible to perform for someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Identifor’s digital platform features a series of games that are specifically designed to capture and maintain the attention of those with ASD. Identifor’s games ensures a high level of engagement amongst users and, in turn, yield the most relevant results. From there, a unique dashboard for each user shows the individual’s abilities, strengths and career interest and the jobs others with similar interest have enjoyed.

The algorithms the platform uses for student assessments were developed by an award-winning team of psychologists with decades of experience assessing and developing talent for large corporations.  To analyze the data it collects, Identifor employs objective and quantifiable performance metrics based on Multiple Intelligences (based on research by Harvard’s Howard Gardner), Executive Functions (based on research by PCOM’s George McClosky) and Holland Occupational Themes (or RIASEC, based on research by John Holland).  This information provides parents, educators and clinicians a common language for discussing individual education plans (IEPs) and transition plans.

In announcing the Identifor platform, co-founder Cuong says, “Whether you are a parent trying to understand your child’s skills and interests better, an educator measuring student performance against IEP goals, or a clinician trying to measure a patient’s progress, the Identifor platform is a valuable and effective tool to help everyone understand an autistic individual’s abilities so that you can build upon it to pursue fulfilling futures.”

Cuong also added, “every parent we met along the way asked us not to limit this platform to just autistic individuals as they believe our work could benefit every child.  This helped set an aspiration that someday our tool would be used by every high school student.”

To learn more about Identifor or to set up an account visit


Dakota Digital for Identifo
Press contact: Rebecca Appleton
Tel UK: 01623 428996
Tel US: 917 720 3025

ABOUT IDENTIFOR: Identifor is a company and non-profit that works to help identify the abilities and interests of individuals so that fulfilling educational and vocational plans can be pursued.  Identifor uses innovative gaming technologies, big data analytics and artificial intelligence to help parents, educators and professionals understanding children in their care.

ABOUT THE FOUNDERS: Cuong Do is Executive Vice President and head of the Global Strategy Group for Samsung.  He was the former Chief Strategy Officer for Merck (known as MSD outside the U.S.), Tyco Electronics, and Lenovo.  He was also a senior partner with the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he helped lead the healthcare, high tech, and corporate finance practices over his 17 year career with the firm.  He currently or formerly serves on a number of non-profit boards, including Autism Speaks, Profectum Foundation, Celebrate the Children, The National Youth Science Foundation, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth’s MBA Board.  Cuong currently or formerly serves on various company boards, including WuXi AppTec, True Image Interactive, Nano Antibiotics, and Renal Sense.  Cuong was also the founder of Callidus Biopharma and Lysodel Therapeutics.

Lori Rickles is a former attorney specializing in helping French clients conduct business in the U.S.  She was also Professor of International Law at Ewha Women’s University in Seoul and was chair of an international arbitral tribunal under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France.

Download Press Release here:  Identifor Press Release – 2016-05-11.


RIASEC stands for realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising and conventional. A RIASEC test is designed to help children discover which careers are most suitable for them according to their unique abilities, interests, skills, and traits.

The results of a RIASEC test can be used to help kids and teens develop a plan for courses to take in high school and college that are most conducive to achieving one of the careers they were determined to be a match for. 

How a RIASEC Test is Conducted

A RIASEC test is similar to other aptitude tests. It has no time limit, and there are no “right” or “wrong” answers as long as the questions are answered truthfully.

Identifor created a visual approach to administering the RIASEC test.  Instead of using pen-and-paper to rate whether a person like or dislike a task, an Identifor Gamer simply chooses between two tasks.  Based on 30 such comparisons, we are able to code the choices to a list of jobs and careers that are most suitable for that particular child.

A RIASEC test groups the results into six categories based on John Holland’s six types of personality:

  • Realistic: You may do best in mechanical and athletic jobs.
  • Investigative: You like to observe, learn, analyze and solve problems.
  • Artistic: You would like to work in unstructured situations where you can express your creativity.
  • Social: You prefer working with others.
  • Enterprising: Enjoy working with and persuading others.
  • Conventional: You are detail-oriented, organized and like to work with data.

Implications of a RIASEC Test

The RIASEC test helps a person understand how he or she likes to spend their time. At Identifor, we go further to identify the types of jobs that other people with similar RIASEC profiles have found rewarding.

Identifor created a novel approach to enable individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to determine their RIASEC profile without having to use pen-and-paper tests. Instead, they can play computer games!

When a player starts a game, they are shown two different images of jobs and/or activities. They are then asked to select which one is more desirable. Based on the player’s choices, our analytics engine generates the RIASEC profile.

Whether or not your child has completed a traditional RIASEC test before, we ask that you also introduce him or her to our games. Our games are designed to help you identify your child’s skills and abilities in a way that can’t be accomplished through simply writing a test.

Best of all, Identifor is always free for gamers. Sign your child up today for free today and start gaining new insight into your child’s personality.

#AutismChat: Creating A Community of People Touched by Autism


autism_chat_revised_1024Identifor is hosting a live Twitter chat about autism this week and we’d love to have you join us! The popularity of our last twitter chat means we already have another one ready for Thursday at 7pm est/ 4pm pst.

We’re expecting a lively discussion amongst people from all walks of life — doctors, medical professionals, those with autism, those on the spectrum, friends and family of those with autism, and the list goes on.

As part of our extended Identifor family, yes you, we’d love to see your face alongside our hashtag #AutismChat on Thursday at 7pm est / 4pm pst.

Knowing what we know about autism, we understand if you’re asking yourself right now, “What is a Twitter chat and why should I be a part of one?”

If you’ve never done something before, it helps to know what kind of benefits you can expect from it. Why should you attend? Frankly, it wouldn’t be much of a chat if you didn’t join us, now would it?

Humor aside, a Twitter chat about autism is an opportunity for you to connect with other like-minded people and discuss topics surrounding autism that are important to them. Our goal is to create a community of people touched by autism.

We typically begin each chat with a list of 8 topics. One by one, we take our time discussing the topics while appending the hashtag #AutismChat at the end of the tweets.

You can easily keep up with the conversation even if you’re not following everyone by using a website that’s designed for Twitter chats. We recommend

Simply go to that site, enter the hashtag, and click “Yes” when the prompt comes up asking you to authorize your Twitter account. Then you’ll be able to actively participate in the conversation, and maybe make some new friends and connections along the way.

This Week’s Autism Chat

If you weren’t able to make it to last week’s Autism Chat, you can catch up on what you missed here and get a feel for what to expect in this week’s.

Here are some sample topics that we may cover in this week’s chat:  

  • Q1. What have you done to understand your child’s issues and abilities?
  • Q2. Have you received an Individualized Education Plan, or IEP, for your child?
  • Q3. If so, how much did the IEP help you to help your child?
  • Q4. Have you sent an email/letter to your child’s teacher outlining your child’s strengths?
  • Q5. What have you done to build a support system so that you are calm in front of your child?
  • Q6. Have you considered keeping a binder for any bullying/teasing issues that arise with your child?
  • Q7. How do you keep up with new services available to your child?
  • Q8. Have you ever considered being an advocate for special-needs children?

Please keep in mind, especially if you’re new to Twitter chats, that when you’re responding to a specific question it works best if you preface your tweets with A1, A2, A3, etc.

Again, Autism Chat occurs each week on Thursday at 7pm est/ 4pm pst. We look forward to having you join us. If there’s a topic you want to discuss that you don’t see listed, please let us know and we’d be happy to look into using it in future Autism Chats.

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Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles

When it comes to multiple intelligences and learning styles, it’s believed that each learner has a primary learning style, and he or she can be taught how to study in a way that compliments their particular learning style.

In addition, the theory of multiple intelligences and learning styles suggests that people also have a secondary style of learning which can be used to reinforce their primary learning style.

According to studies, students have been proven to learn more effectively when multiple intelligences and learning styles are considered. When educators teach in a way that complements a student’s primary and secondary learning style, that student has the potential to perform better in their studies.

A person’s learning style can be determined through a variety of ways — for a list of resources see — and once determined can be used as the person’s strength that will enable them to master new and difficult information.

Matching multiple intelligences and learning styles with educational models compatible with an individual’s preferences has been proven to be beneficial to that person’s academic success.

When considering multiple intelligences and learning styles we’re about to go over in this article, keep in mind that at no time are we suggesting one is better than the other.

Instead, what we’re aiming to do with this article is examine how multiple intelligences and learning styles are different and complementary.

When multiple intelligences and learning styles are matched together this can lead to an increase in student learning.

In a book titled “Developing Students’ Multiple Intelligences”, author Kristen Nicholson-Nelson proposed that people who are smart in an intelligence learn best through methods associated with that intelligence.

That being said, here is a list of Howard Gardner’s eight multiple intelligences and complementary learning styles.

List of Howard Gardner’s Eight Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles

  • Verbal-linguistic: learn best through reading, hearing, and seeing words and speaking, writing, discussing, and debating ideas.
  • Math-logical: learn best through working with patterns and relationships, classifying and categorizing, and working with the abstract.
  • Spatial: learn best in working with pictures and colors, visualizing and using the mind’s eye, and drawing.
  • Bodily-kinesthetic: learn best touching, moving, and processing knowledge through bodily sensation.
  • Musical: learn best with rhythm and melody, singing, and listening to music and melodies.
  • Interpersonal: learn best through sharing, comparing and relating with others, interviewing, and cooperating.
  • Intrapersonal: learn best through working alone, doing self-paced projects, and reflecting.
  • Naturalists: learn best when working in nature, exploring living things, and learning about plants and natural events.

Howard Gardner strongly believes people can develop each of the above multiple intelligences and learning styles to varying degrees. All people are different and have different combinations of the above learning styles, each of which are important.

To help identify your child’s learning style we welcome you to browse through some of the game on our site, all of which have been designed to identify multiple intelligences and learning styles. Show them to your child and watch how they interact with the games. Best of all, gaming is always free at Identifor.