The Visualizing and Verbalizing program develops concept imagery - the ability to create an imaged gestalt from language - as a basis for comprehension and higher order thinking. The development of concept imagery improves reading and listening comprehension, memory, oral vocabulary, critical thinking, and writing.
Individuals of all ages may experience the symptoms of an undiagnosed and untreated concept imagery dysfunction. This causes weakness in:
- Reading comprehension
- Listening comprehension
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Following directions
- Oral language expression
- Written language expression
- Grasping humour
- Interpreting social situations
- Understanding cause and effect
The Workbooks provide tools to reinforce imagery and improve comprehension. Each book contains 20 or more high-imagery stories about fascinating people, animals, and subjects. Each fact-filled story is high in imagery and followed by questions designed to develop imagery and critical thinking.
They include exercises to check main idea, picture summary, and word summary. Each story has a vocabulary section and higher order thinking skills (HOT) questions. Writing skills are also developed after each paragraph with fun story starters.
There are three workbooks at each grade level, corresponding to the Sentence by Sentence, Multiple Sentence, Whole Paragraph, and Paragraph by Paragraph V/V steps. Grades 2 through 6 are represented, with two sets of workbooks available in some grades.