Research & Development


Orkids has been in the field of education for over 20 years now. Over the years we have steadily enhanced our professional services. Research forms the basis of future development.

2020

first screen by Orkids® – a free application available on Google Playstore

first screen® app for Specific Learning Disabilities and related disorders is a checklist of signs and symptoms to identify the developmental disorders a child may have or be ‘at risk’ of developing. This checklist has been tested with over 100 children from different schools and different classes. Using this app not only saves time that may be otherwise spent in searching for the right answers, but also shares the way forward in case of need. A feedback report is generated after the submission of a completed checklist.

The screening covers 9 domains – Reading & Spelling, Written Expression, Oral Language, Motor Skills, Attention, Social Skills, Mathematics, Executive Functions and Memory.

2020

ORKIDS ONE REMEDIAL KIT – Orkids’ upcoming endeavor. A kit based program that is easy to use and brings a balance to the existing school curriculum. Language forms the foundation of learning. With this belief Orkids has designed a bilingual, multisensory, structured, sequential program to help all children develop language learning readiness, a prerequisite in our classrooms.

ORKIDS ONE, a colourful, creative, cumulative, amalgamation of manipulatives, takes the learner through a series of steps, facilitated by the instructor (teacher). Orkids’ idea about these manipulatives is to motivate the educators and parents to improvise upon them and use them creatively and if possible, differently, promoting reinforcement of the skills.

The remedial kit is divided into 3 parts-

  1. Reading Readiness
  2. Comprehension
  3. Language Enhancement

2016
Dr Geet Oberoi was offered the Visiting Scholar Program at Harvard Graduate School for Education. This prestigious program is by invitation only. As a research scholar Geet collaborated with Prof Catherine Snow, Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. This research is on language acquisition and is geared to highlight the importance of native language in learning the 2nd language (Hindi and English) and has been extended to become a longitudinal study on the recommendation of Prof Snow. The research will give native language the much‐needed documented proof of how the teaching of native language facilitates learning of English. A much needed realization especially for our schools working at grass root levels.

2014
As part of the Neuroscience program of the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, the National Brain & Research Centre developed a screening tool has been developed for school teachers to help screen children with Learning disabilities ‐ DALI (Dyslexia Assessment for Languages of India) Development & Validation of screening tool to screen learning disabilities [Teacher administered screening tool]. Orkids was appointed as co‐ investigators in the nationwide project.

2011
Orkids research initiative started with Language Development Study in collaboration with Language & Cognition, Dept. of Psychology, University of Connecticut, Haskins Laboratories, CT, USA and has gained momentum in the last couple of years.
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Orkids continues to add active working partners and collaborators in areas of Research in learning. The following are our focus areas:

  • Biliteracy acquisition
  • Assessment tools
  • Efficacy of Indian tools
  • Remediation practices

 

Orkids Foundation is a legally registered organization under The Societies Registrations Act 1860, Government of India. It is registered under section 80G of the Income Tax Act 1961 vide number DEL – OE26316 – 18092015/ 6835 & 12A (a) of the Income Tax Act 1961 vide number DEL-OR24662 – 18092015/ 5059 with PAN no – AAAAO2054M.
Orkids’ FCRA compliance is under process.

If you wish to support our Research programs – either individually or through CSR, kindly write to us. If you have any queries please feel free to contact us.

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