Lindamood-Bell Program

Lindamood–Bell is one of several teaching programs for struggling readers that’s consistent with the highly structured Orton–Gillingham approach. Like similar techniques, Lindamood–Bell is “multisensory” as it utilizes the different senses to help students make connections between sounds, letters and words. However the Lindamood–Bell program does feature some unique aspects.

What is the Focus?

Like Orton–Gillingham, Lindamood–Bell breaks down learning to read into concrete skills. These include connecting letters to sounds and blending sounds into words. Students master one skill before moving on to the next. But along with teaching students to read the words, the program also focuses on understanding content. It does that by using imagery.

For instance, the student might be asked to create mental images of what she’s reading about. “Can you picture the lion?” “Can you describe how she’s playing with her cubs?” This strategy develops a concrete connection between words and images. It can help students find meaning in text and remember what they have read.

Who is Lindamood-Bell Designed to Help?

Lindamood–Bell can be a particularly good for students with dyslexia, auditory processing disorders and dyscalculia.

How Does it Work?

Step one is an evaluation by a Lindamood–Bell instructor. The instructor uses standardized tests to assess the student’s strengths and weaknesses in a number of areas. These include reading, comprehension and math. This isn’t the same as an educational evaluation for special education services.

Next, the instructor creates a learning plan. This plan includes how many instruction hours the student will need to reach learning goals. It also outlines the specific types of instruction the student will need.

Students generally work one-on-one with instructors. They may be expected to come daily for sessions that can last from one to four hours. (When schools use the program, sessions generally range from 30 minutes to two hours. Students most often work in groups.) Instructors monitor each student’s progress and provide parents, and sometimes teachers, with regular updates.

The more you understand your child’s reading issues, the easier it will be to find the right type of instruction. Learn about why kids have trouble reading words and understanding what they read. And if you haven’t had your child evaluated for special education services, you might want to consider it. It’s the best way to get her the reading support she needs at school.

Key Takeaways

  • Lindamood–Bell uses multiple senses, like sound, sight and touch, to help with learning.
  • Instructors evaluate students and present parents with a learning plan geared to their child’s needs.
  • Students meet one-on-one with an instructor for sessions that last one to four hours.

Client Testimonies

January 05, 2011

Posted by Sabrina

My two year old son went to the Children’s Center after spending a year at another therepy center. The first couple of weeks I saw a difference in my son. Dana, the Director, is amazing. She is not only a great speech pathologist but she also knows about other therapies. After a couple of visits she told me that my son was exhibiting immature hand posture and low muscle tone. She urged me to get an OT and PT evaluation. We found that my son was also significantly delayed in these areas as well. I went to see a Neorologist who within our 20 minute session diagnosed my son with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. I told Dana the diagnosis and without hesitation she STRONGLY disagreed. She then urged me to get an MRI. So I did just that and thank goodness we did. The MRI found a cyst in my son’s brain. The cyst was putting pressure on the brain stem and shifted the midline of the brain. This surgeons believe this may be the cause of my … to the Children’s Center after spending a year at another therepy center. The first couple of weeks I saw a difference in my son. Dana, the Director, is amazing. She is not only a great speech pathologist but she also knows about other therapies. After a couple of visits she told me that my son was exhibiting immature hand posture and low muscle tone. She urged me to get an OT and PT evaluation. We found that my son was also significantly delayed in these areas as well. I went to see a Neorologist who within our 20 minute session diagnosed my son with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. I told Dana the diagnosis and without hesitation she STRONGLY disagreed. She then urged me to get an MRI. So I did just that and thank goodness we did. The MRI found a cyst in my son’s brain. The cyst was putting pressure on the brain stem and shifted the midline of the brain. This surgeons believe this may be the cause of my son’s delays! It takes a lot of confidence and courage to tell someone not to go with what a neurologist says…most people would have found a new SP. Thank you Dana for advocating for my son. The world needs more professionals like you who care more about the patient and less about the financial benefit.


August 10, 2009

Posted by One Mom

“Our boys made great progress, the training you provided to us at the end as well as the feedback were really helpful. We would like to come back next year”


August 09, 2008

Posted by One Mom

“My son made great progress and is thriving in his new class. At the end of last school year it was recommended that he start this school year with a shadow, but now thankfully that is not going to be necessary. He is functioning well in a typical classroom without any additional support.”


November 19, 2008

Posted by One Mom

After originally starting my daughter with another therapy center (for her speech, or lack there of), I moved my daughter to Children’s Center for Therapy & Learning and couldn’t be happier with her progress. My daughter has been going to Children’s Center for just under a years time. The improvement we have seen is truly amazing. I have had parents at my daughters school approach me as well as her teacher to tell me how verbal she has become,how well her speech has improved etc…. The facility is always clean and inviting. The staff is professional and friendly.


August 28, 2008

Postedl by One Mom

“The changes in my child were tremendous. I received a call from my child’s school this year and I was so worried that they were going to say something bad like last year. They asked me what I did this summer and I told them about your camp, they now want to see if you can come to my son’s school to work with the other children”


February 08, 2007

Posted by One Mom

“Children’s Center For Therapy & Learning … our 2-year-old was not talking at all and we have seen great progress since starting therapy here… a nice, spacious facility… a wonderful new therapy room has a great rock climbing wall and other exciting therapy tools… a warm loving …”?


April 07, 2005

Posted by One Mom

“Professional, team-approach services for all of your needs. Speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, tutoring, behavior intervention, psychotherapy. Warm loving environment. Knowledgeable staff. We have seen incredible results with our children’s speech.”


March 23, 2004

Posted by One Mom

Not doctor, but speech therapist. Excellent and reasonable.