Technology needs to be available and systematically implemented for best outcomes in classrooms, whether that’s in person or digitally. SV SIL has pioneered an incubator for new technology developments to be designed, tested, and launched alongside K-12 students. Uniquely, designers have access to students throughout their K-12 education who will test their designs, provide valuable feedback, and disseminate information to the broader community about usability and application of product development.
Though our lab took shape January of 2020, Open Mind has a long history of collaborating with innovators. From the start, we have incubated and piloted ideas from our community.
There is no better demonstration of that than our partnership with the Stanford Design School. Since we opened doors, d.school has sent teams of students to collaborate with our students.
We have a diverse set of ongoing projects: everything from conducting user-experience research with our partners, incubating new programs as well as developing original projects and research.
We are excited to share our current projects that support and include more innovative ideas through student self-advocate voices.
Open Mind Center for Brain & Behavior
We provide an inclusive environment with a focus on meeting the needs of each individual student in homes, community programs, and supporting schools and organizations on accessibility and inclusive environment building.
Open Mind School
To cultivate the learning of a diverse student population, OMS makes curriculum for different learners accessible. We apply a multi-sensory, project based curriculum that aligns with California state content standards. The curriculum emphasizes enrichment activities and technology as the link binding all learners together. Our high adult-to-child ratio allows for program individualization and appropriate social facilitation. Open Mind’s trans-disciplinary model allows varying specialists to train staff on best practice interventions pertaining to their field. We closely track progress and apply research from current neuroscience and educationally-based procedures.
Bay Area Specialfit
Special-Fit is based on principles of human movement, human capacity, and physical literacy while taking into consideration individual differences. This includes differences in age, physical thresholds, neurological diversity, behavioral challenges, socio-emotional development, communication and learning styles, motivation, and everything else that makes us unique as human beings.