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The Imagery-Language Foundation: The Missing Link for Reading and Comprehension

It’s commonly believed that to comprehend what they read, students must have strong decoding skills and adequate oral vocabulary. Unfortunately, many students who can decode well and understand words still have weak comprehension. What is the missing piece for these students?

They may have a learning weakness that prevents them from comprehending the language they read and hear. They might get parts or some details but may have difficulty remembering a book or whole story. Understanding directions may appear to go in one ear and out the other without a connection.

Problems with reading comprehension may be due to weak concept imagery – the ability to create an imaged whole from oral and written language. This weakness causes individuals to get only parts of information they read or hear.

The Visualizing and Verbalizing® program, authored by Lindamood-Bell Co-founder Nanci Bell, develops concept imagery as a basis for comprehension and higher order thinking and improves reading and listening comprehension, memory, oral vocabulary, critical thinking, and writing.

When a student struggles with reading or is diagnosed with dyslexia, extra help often focuses on phonics and spelling rules. However, many students continue to struggle even after years of extra help. They may sound out a word, but it is slow and labored. They may substitute words when reading a paragraph. These students may spell words phonetically but are unable to remember the visual patterns of words (orthography).

An important aspect of reading and spelling is symbol imagery, the ability to visualize the sounds and letters in words. Symbol imagery underlies both phoneme awareness and orthographic processing and is necessary for sounding out new words and quickly recognizing letters and common words.

The Seeing Stars® program, also authored by Lindamood-Bell Co-founder Nanci Bell, develops symbol imagery as a basis for orthographic awareness, phonemic awareness, word attack, word recognition, spelling, and contextual reading fluency.

The Visualizing and Verbalizing® and Seeing Stars® programs are research-validated. For information about peer-reviewed studies involving Lindamood-Bell, go to www.lindamoodbell.com/research.

For information about summer programs at Lindamood-Bell Learning Centers in Southern California, and to learn how to get started for free with a complimentary diagnostic screening, please call 800-300-1818.


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Name of Business: Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes
Year of Establishment: 1986
Address: 445 Marine View Ave., Ste. 290, Del Mar, California 92014
Website: www.lindamoodbell.com
Email: contact.us@lindamoodbell.com
Phone: 800-300-1818
Description of Business: Lindamood-Bell is an organization dedicated to helping people learn to their potential. Our founders’ research-validated instructional programs strengthen reading, comprehension, and math skills by developing the underlying functions that form the foundation of learning.