Discovering How Reading Intervention Changes the Brains of Children With Dyslexia

Discovering How Reading Intervention Changes the Brains of Children With Dyslexia

University of Washington researchers are studying the effects of the Seeing Stars® program.

Researchers from the University of Washington are in the midst of a study using the Seeing Stars® intervention to better understand the underlying mechanisms of dyslexia. Typical interventions for dyslexics involve strategies to help struggling readers compensate. And while there are many programs and strategies that improve specific reading skills, such as phonemic awareness and […]

 

MIT Study Shows Benefit of Seeing Stars® Instruction

MIT Study Shows Benefit of Seeing Stars® Instruction

A recent study conducted at MIT shows the benefits of Seeing Stars instruction.

A recent study by the McGovern Institute for Brain Research and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) utilized the Seeing Stars® program to test the efficacy of reading intervention with young children who have reading disabilities and difficulties. Brain regions grew significantly thicker in children whose reading scores improved after Seeing Stars instruction. […]

 

Upcoming Conference Presentations

Lindamood-Bell Director of International Development Angelica Benson and Center Directors will be circling the globe this summer to present at several international conferences. They will be sharing the latest research and findings on successful interventions using the imagery-language connection for improved reading, comprehension, and math. From Singapore and Australia, to Spain and Malaysia, here’s a […]

 

Closing the Achievement Gap in Canon City Schools

One year into implementing an Early Literacy Grant, Canon City School District in Colorado is seeing significant growth for some of its lowest performing students. More importantly, by targeting students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, they are closing the achievement gap early on. The district is implementing the Seeing Stars® and Visualizing and Verbalizing® (V/V®) […]

 

Teachers in Jamaica Are Taking Instruction to the Next Level

Teachers in Jamaica Are Taking Instruction to the Next Level

A teacher helps students connect imagery and language with the Visualizing and Verbalizing Program.

After attending introductory workshops this past spring, teachers in Jamaica are now engaged in language and literacy instruction. Educators trained in the Seeing Stars (for Reading and Spelling) and Visualizing and Verbalizing programs (for Language Comprehension and Thinking) are putting their new skills to use at an onsite summer reading clinic for students with special […]

 

Upcoming International Conferences

Lindamood-Bell Director of International Development Angelica Benson and Center Directors will be circling the globe this summer to present at several international conferences. They will be sharing the latest research and findings on successful interventions using the imagery-language connection for improved reading, comprehension, and math. From Singapore and Australia, to Spain and Malaysia, here’s a […]

 

3 Tips for Developing Sight Word Vocabulary

3 Tips for Developing Sight Word Vocabulary

Nanci Bell working with a student on sight words.

The complex skill of reading requires the integration of auditory, visual, and language skills. Word recognition (orthographic processing and instant recognition of sight words) is a necessary component in the cascade of sub-skills needed for global reading.   Students need extensive practice to acquire a substantial sight word vocabulary (words that are recognized by sight, […]

 

Helping Students Around the Globe Reach Their Full Potential

Helping Students Around the Globe Reach Their Full Potential

This month, teachers in Jamaica were introduced to Lindamood-Bell’s™ Visualizing and Verbalizing (V/V) and Seeing Stars programs. This professional development opportunity was facilitated by the Sandals Foundation (‘the Sandals Foundation’) and funded by the CHASE (Culture, Health, Arts, Sports, and Education) Fund in an effort to increase literacy and math competency for Jamaican students with […]

 

Strategies to Improve Comprehension

The Imagine That! Stories are a great supplement to the Visualizing and Verbalizing® program. They are also used with Seeing Stars® and LiPS® students to develop fluency and comprehension. These high-interest and engaging stories include graded reading levels to develop the imagery-language connection for listening and reading comprehension. Here are some helpful hints to improve […]

 

High Flyer Spotlight – Barbara Wilmarth

High Flyer Spotlight – Barbara Wilmarth

Barbara Wilmarth's signature sign-off on all her email correspondence includes this famous quote from Einstein:

"If I can't picture it, I can't understand it."

Wilmarth, a 33-year veteran in the public school system of Pinellas County, Florida, came across this quote after taking a Lindamood-Bell workshop on teaching comprehension: the Visualizing and Verbalizing program. The program develops mental imagery as a foundation for language comprehension. This approach to teaching reading changed her professional career. Today, she spreads the imagery mantra to her colleagues in the district's Exceptional Student Education (ESE) division, which services students with reading/language disabilities and IEPs. [...]

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