LiPS Program

As I write this, I am in San Luis Obispo attending a three-day training on the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® (LiPS®) Program.  The LiPS program is recommended by Susan Barton as an intervention for children who are not able to pass the Barton Screening and are, therefore, not yet ready for the Barton Program.  LiPS can help fill in the necessary gaps for a child to be successful in the Barton Program.

The Lindamood-Bell website offers the following description of the LiPS Program:


John is unable to read and spell words to his potential.  He has been labeled "dyslexic" or "learning disabled."  Despite numerous attempts to teach him, John cannot decode written words and has to guess from memory or context cues.


A primary cause of decoding and spelling problems is difficulty in judging sounds within words. This is called weak phonemic awareness.  This weakness in phonological processing causes individuals to omit, substitute, and reverse sounds and letters within words. This is also a cause of difficulty in learning a second language. Individuals with weak phonological processing cannot get the words off the page: they cannot judge whether what they say matches what they see. 


Many children and adults have difficulty judging sounds within words.  Although they see letters correctly, they cannot detect and correct their errors in reading and spelling.  This causes:

  • Weak Decoding--Errors such as "steam" for stream, "imagination" for immigration, "claps" for clasps, etc.
  • Weak Spelling--Errors such as "gril" for girl, "cret" for correct, "equetment" for equipment, etc.
  • Pronunciation Errors--Errors such as "death" for deaf, "flusterated" for frustrated, etc.


The Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® (LiPS®) Program successfully stimulates phonemic awareness.  Individuals become aware of the mouth actions which produce speech sounds. This awareness becomes the means of verifying sounds within words and enables individuals to become self-correcting in reading and spelling, and speech.