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Teaching Reading to Learners with Poor Phonological Skills

In order to become a skilled reader, each of us must acquire two specific kinds of knowledge: phonemic awareness and the alphabetic principle. Phonemic awareness is the awareness that words are made up of individual sounds (phonemes). The alphabetic principle is the understanding that letters or groups of letters (graphemes) are associated with certain phonemes. Many children and adults are missing this knowledge, for a variety of reasons, resulting in poor reading abilities. The Lindamood Phonemic Sequencing (LiPS) program uses a multi-sensory approach to increase phonemic awareness and improve reading skill. The LiPS program teaches readers how to use oral-motor feedback to discriminate the sounds that make up words. Workshop attendees will learn the oral-motor labels for all of the phonemes that make up the English language in addition to the steps needed to teach a learner how to use oral-motor cues to improve both their reading and spelling.


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Webcast Recorded: June 13, 2009
Tutor Conference
READ/San Diego

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Petrich

Dr. Jennifer PetrichJennifer Petrich earned a BA in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University (1994) and a BA in Psychology from Towson University (1995). From 1993-1997, Jennifer worked as a cognitive and reading therapist at New Heights Learning Center in Towson, Maryland, where she was trained in three Lindamood-Bell programs: Lindamood Phonemic Sequencing (LiPS), Visualizing/Verbalizing (V/V) and Visualizing/Conceptualizing (V/C).

In 2004, she received a PhD in Neuroscience from University of Maryland, Baltimore after completing a dissertation on developmental dyslexia. She then took a research position at the University of California, San Diego studying the visual system and has lectured there on the auditory system and the neural mechanisms of reading and reading disorders. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience at San Diego State University.

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General Teaching Tips
8 minutes
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Phonemic Sequencing
   • Phonological deficits
   • Phonemes/graphemes
   • Oral-motor feedback
7 minutes
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Phonemic Sequencing
   • Learning consonants
   • Learning vowels
53 minutes
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Additional Tools
31 minutes
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30 minutes
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Following this workshop, you will not be a trained Lindamood-Bell clinician. To obtain Lindamood-Bell certification you must contact Lindamood-Bell and train under their instruction. In addition, any materials received in conjunction with this workshop are not official Lindamood-Bell materials and should not be used as such. If you are a volunteer tutor through a literacy program, please check with your program to see if they have official Lindamood-Bell materials for you to use with your learner. If you would like to contact Lindamood-Bell to receive certification, you can contact them at or 800-233-1819. Official Lindamood-Bell materials are available through Gander Publishing (