By Patricia and Phyllis Lindamood
A primary cause of decoding and spelling problems is weak phonemic awareness, the ability to think about sound (phonemes) within words. A significant number of students- even those who have received phonics instruction- only perceive words as a whole, and can’t tell what the component sounds are and their order. Thus, they can’t figure words out, and must memorize or guess from context.
The Lindamood-Bell® LiPS® program (formerly known as Auditory Discrimination in Depth) provides theory and methodology for successfully developing phonemic awareness. The program begins with discovering how speech sounds are articulated, and extends into multisyllable and contextual reading and spelling. The LiPS® program uses a multisensory approach for increasing knowledge of letter symbols and their accompanying sounds. In particular, it teaches children to identify sounds from the feedback from the positions of their lips, tongue, and jaw to help them discriminate sounds from each other. Hands-on instruction with use of manipulatives is incorporated to assist children in combining sounds into words for reading and spelling.
Princeton Speech-Language and Learning Center is NOT Lindamood-Bell® learning Processes nor is it affiliated with, certified, endorsed, licensed, monitored, or sponsored by Lindamood-Bell®, Nanci Bell, Phyllis Lindamood or Pat Lindamood. Lindamood-Bell® - an international organization creating and implementing unique instructional methods and programs for quality intervention to advance language and literacy skills - in no way endorses or monitors the services provided by Princeton Speech-Language and Learning Center.
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