Visualizing and Verbalizing

One cause of weak reading comprehension may be a difficulty connecting words with a visual or mental image. This is called Concept Imagery Disorder.

Concept imagery is the ability to visualize the meaning of the words or concepts from
spoken or written language. Without this ability, a person is unable to interpret and reason about what they have heard or read. This weakness also causes individuals to only get "parts" such as a few facts or details rather than the whole picture.

Individuals with weak concept imagery have difficulty with reading comprehension, critical thinking, following directions, and connecting to conversations. They may also have difficulty expressing ideas in an organized manner.

Visualizing and Verbalizing is a research based method which successfully develops concept imagery and language comprehension through developing an ability to visualize the language concepts and verbalize.

Visualizing and Verbalizing develops:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral language comprehension
  • Oral language expression
  • Written language expression
  • Following directions
  • Vocabulary

"Every year struggling readers fall further behind. They miss multiple chances to learn new words because they read inaccurately and because they don’t read as often as better readers."
-Dr. Joseph Torgesen, Director of Florida Center for Reading Research

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