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Talkies® Program
for Oral Language Comprehension & Expression

Nanci Bell, co-founder of Lindamood-Bell

and Christy Bonetti

The question was whether dual coding could be stimulated and developed for children with severely delayed language development or for those diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. It seemed clear that these children might be the most impaired in terms of creating and accessing imagery, the other half of the code.


Chip is in first grade, and has had a full-time tutor since he was three. His poor communication skills are causing him social difficulty, and he has difficulty expressing himself. He struggles with understanding language concepts.


Weakness in concept imagery—the ability to create an imaged whole—prevents Chip from comprehending and expressing language well.


Individuals of all ages can experience a significant weakness in the ability to create an imaged whole.

This causes weakness in:

  • Difficulty with verbal and non-verbal expression
  • Difficulty formulating sentences
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Apparent disengagement or frustration

The Talkies® program—the primer to the Visualizing and Verbalizing (V/V) program—is designed for students who need simpler, smaller steps of instruction to establish the imagery-language connection.

The goal of Talkies is to develop the dual coding imagery and language as a base for language comprehension and expression. Talkies is especially helpful for students with a limited oral vocabulary and/or limited ability to verbalize.

Research indicates Talkies benefits students previously diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Talkies is also ideal for any preschool child.

  • As the mother of a high-functioning autistic son, who is just entering the 7th grade, the overall experience has most definitely improved his quality of life, and ours, as his ability to express himself has begun to blossom.

    A Mother
  • You’ve given us back our daughter. Now she has the future that she was meant to have.

    A Father


Who can we help?

We work with children and adults of all ages and levels.

Some students come to us with general learning challenges or a previous diagnosis such as dyslexia or autism spectrum disorder.

Some students come to us to enhance their skills or to just make learning easier.

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