Speech and language pathologists at Hyde Park Day School strive to develop and strengthen the students’ ability to use concept imagery, leading to improved receptive (reading, oral language comprehension) and expressive (oral and written) language.
HPDS therapists present classroom lessons based on the Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language and Comprehension and Thinking® program (V/V®), developed by Nanci Bell. V/V® is integrated into the curriculum in Northfield through weekly 30 minute lessons in students’ reading groups. On both campuses, the program is taught in collaboration with classroom teachers, so the concepts can be reinforced and used by teachers in language arts and other content areas (such as social studies and science).
The V/V® program is based on the premise that visualization is directly related to strong language comprehension, language expression, and critical thinking. The ability to image the “gestalt” or main idea is central to the process of V/V® and is a critical skill underlying language and reading comprehension. The V/V® process contains twelve steps, leading to the development of higher order thinking skills (recall, conclusion, inference, prediction, analysis, application, evaluation, and synthesis). The V/V® program’s “structure words,” which help establish visualization and organize vocabulary and ideas, are featured in these lessons and are reinforced throughout the school day in the classroom.