Program: ESC of Central Ohio Achievement & Leadership Services
Visualizing and Verbalizing (V/V) is a supplemental intervention program, designed to instruct and improve reading and listening comprehension, as well as oral and written expression, through the development of concept imagery, for students who can decode well, but struggle to comprehend. The approach aligns with Paivio’s Dual Coding Theory (DCT), which identifies two modes for processing information: imagery and language. Visualizing and Verbalizing relies on teacher-directed questions and twelve “Structure Words” (what, size, color, shape, etc.) to assist students in forming images as they read. The scope and sequence delineates each step for students to progress through (Picture-to-Picture, Word Imaging, Sentence Imaging, Multiple Sentence Imaging, Paragraph Imaging, and Paragraph-by-Paragraph Imaging). 30-minute group lessons should be provided 3-5 times per week for 8-12 weeks. Daily, 60-minute sessions for 8-12 weeks are recommended for students requiring one-on-one instruction. The Visualizing and Verbalizing kit includes the teacher’s manual, V/V Stories Book 1, colored pictures, overhead transparencies, structure word cards, and colored squares. Additional story books, workbooks, and multi-media materials are also available. Questions? Contact Tom Diebold at firstname.lastname@example.org. 1-hour of Ashland University graduate credit is available for an additional $249 if attending two full days of training.