One of the programs that we use in teaching reading and spelling is a program called LiPS.  Before you wonder what this program is teaching your child, LiPS stands for Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® Program for Reading, Spelling, and Speech (LiPS®).

It starts not with letters and sounds of the alphabets, but by making your child aware of mouth positions which produce sounds.  As your child becomes aware of the way his/her mouth produces those individual sounds, reading and spelling becomes self-correcting using oral-motor, visual, and auditory feedback systems that enables all students to prove the identity, number and order of phonemes (sounds) in syllables and words.  It is more basic and more extensive than the traditional phonics program.

Here’s a student discovering the consonants  and later, all the consonants and vowels.

From here, the student tracks sounds in syllables with mouth pictures, letter tiles, and colored blocks.    

The student also uses the computer software to work on reading  and spelling .

Much later, as the student gains progress, the student moves on to multi-syllabic words.  Here’s a student discovering the six basic expectations in word endings,  putting them together like a puzzle ,  and applying it to spelling by thinking about the expectations and figuring out which one looks right.

Reading and spelling are challenging to a student with dyslexia, but with the right program, the student can make good progress.  For more information on the LiPS program visit this website.

Lindamood-Bell® is just one of the programs that we use. Depending on the child’s needs and the teacher’s training, we also use Slingerland®, Wilson Reading System®, and Orton-Gillingham®.