The Lindamood Phonemic Sequencing® (LiPS®) for Reading, Spelling and Speech

Symptoms …
Many children and adults have difficulty judging sounds within words.  Although they see letters correctly, they cannot detect and correct their errors in reading and spelling.  This causes:


  • Errors such as “steam” for stream, “imagination” for immigration, “claps” for clasps, etc.


  • Errors such as “gril” for “girl”, “cret” for correct, “eqeutment” for equipment, etc.


  • Errors such as “death” for deaf, “flusterated” for the frustrated, etc.

Cause …
A primary cause of decoding and spelling problems is difficulty in judging sounds within words.  This is called weak phonemic awareness.  This weakness in phonological processing causes individuals to omit, substitute, and reverse sounds and letters within words.  This is also a cause of difficulty in learning a second language.  Individuals with weak phonological processing cannot get the words off the page:  they cannot judge whether what they say matches what they see.

Solution …
The Lindamood Phonemic Sequencing® (LiPS®) Program successfully stimulates phonemic awareness.  Individuals become aware of the mouth actions which produce speech sounds.  This awareness becomes the means of verifying sounds within words and enables individuals to become self-correcting in reading and spelling, and speech. It is common for individuals to gain several grade levels in decoding ability in four weeks to six weeks of intensive instruction, or to make further gains in speech-language after hitting a plateau under traditional speech therapy. 

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