Visualizing and Verbalizing® (V/V®)

Multi-Sensory Language-Based Programming

Weak Concept Imagery

A primary cause of language comprehension problems is difficulty creating an imagined gestalt. This is called weak concept imagery.

This weakness causes individuals to get only “parts” of information they read or hear, but not the whole. Individuals of all ages may experience the symptoms of a weakness in concept imagery.

This causes weakness in:

Reading comprehension
Listening comprehension
Critical thinking and problem solving
Following directions
Oral language expression
Written language expression
Grasping humor
Interpreting social situations
Understanding cause and effect

The Visualizing and Verbalizing® (V/V®) program develops concept imagery—the ability to create an imagined or imaged gestalt from language—as a basis for comprehension and higher order thinking. The development of concept imagery improves reading and listening comprehension, memory, oral vocabulary, critical thinking, and writing.


Grow Early Childhood Language Skills


Chip is in first grade, and has had a full-time tutor since he was three. His poor communication skills are causing him social difficulty, and he has difficulty expressing himself. He struggles with understanding language concepts.


Weakness in concept imagery—the ability to create an imaged whole—prevents Chip from comprehending and expressing language well.


Individuals of all ages can experience a significant weakness in the ability to create an imaged whole.

This causes weakness in:
Difficulty with verbal and non-verbal expression
Difficulty formulating sentences
Difficulty following directions
Apparent disengagement or frustration


The Talkies® program—the primer to the Visualizing and Verbalizing (V/V) program—is designed for students who need simpler, smaller steps of instruction to establish the imagery-language connection.

The goal of Talkies is to develop the dual coding imagery and language as a base for language comprehension and expression. Talkies is especially helpful for students with a limited oral vocabulary and/or limited ability to verbalize. Research indicates Talkies benefits students previously diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Talkies is also ideal for any preschool child.


Listen and Learn


Despite numerous attempts to teach him, John struggles with sounding words. When he attempts to read on the page, he guesses or uses context cues. He has been labeled as “dyslexic.”


A primary cause of decoding and spelling problems is difficulty judging sounds within words. This is called weak phonemic awareness. Weak phonemic awareness causes individuals to add, omit, substitute, and reverse sounds and letters within words.


Many children and adults experience the symptoms of weak phonemic awareness.

This causes weakness in:
Recognizing sameness/difference of phonemes
Discriminating the identity, number, and order of sounds within words
Blending sounds Word attack


The LiPS® Program teaches students to discover and label the oral-motor movements of phonemes. Students can then verify the identity, number, and sequence of sounds in words. Once established, phonemic awareness is then applied to reading, spelling, and speech.

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