We Believe

Lindamood-Bell is committed to teaching

children and adults
to read and comprehend to their potential.

We have dedicated ourselves to refining and researching our instruction in language and literacy processing. The result is evidence-based instruction that you can believe in.

Instruction You Can Believe In

We monitor the quality of instruction at our Learning Centers, Academy, and School Partnerships.

Each Lindamood-Bell Learning Center is part of the Lindamood-Bell Instructional Quality (IQ) Team—and the IQ Team consists of multiple levels of management and oversight.

Lindamood-Bell mentors, consultants, center directors, project directors, the corporate Instruction Support Team, the Director of Instruction, and the authors of the programs all oversee our instruction.

We Believe-Instruction You Can Believe In

No matter how popular our programs and instruction have become, if we are not doing the instruction, we cannot ensure quality.

We believe in you and you can believe in us.

About us

absssoutLindamood-Bell teaches children and adults reading and comprehension. For over 35 years, our intensive, evidence-based instruction has been used in Lindamood-Bell Learning Centers to strengthen the sensory-cognitive functions needed for reading and comprehension.

Our philosophy has always been that all individuals can be taught to read and comprehend to their potential. Our sensory-cognitive instruction has proven successful for individuals with learning challenges, including dyslexia, ADHD, and autism.

Our instruction is based on a theory of cognition—reading and comprehension are cognitive acts—and can address the global needs of learners.


  • 1969

    Pat & Charles Lindamood publish Auditory Discrimination in Depth (ADD).

  • 1970

    Nanci Bell joins Pat Lindamood in private practice in San Luis Obispo, California.

  • 1971

    Pat & Charles Lindamood publish the Lindamood Auditory Conceptualization (LAC) Test.

  • 1986

    Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes is founded; Nanci Bell publishes Visualizing and Verbalizing.



  • 1992

    First Learning Center outside of San Luis Obispo opens in Sacramento, CA; Lindamood-Bell partners with Motorola for a workplace literacy project.

  • 1993

    First Lindamood-Bell International Conference is held in Shell Beach, California; 1st Seasonal Learning Center opens in Fairbanks, Alaska.

  • 1995

    Nanci Bell founds Gander Publishing.

  • 1996

    1st international Seasonal Learning Center opens in Sydney, Australia.


  • 1997

    Nanci Bell publishes Seeing Stars; Nanci and Kimberly Tuley publish On Cloud Nine Math; 5th International Lindamood-Bell Conference is held in San Francisco, CA.


  • 1998

    Pat Lindamood and daughter Phyllis revise the ADD program and publish Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing program (LiPS).

  • 1999

    Newsweek cover story on Dyslexia features Lindamood-Bell.

  • 2000

    Lindamood-Bell partners with juvenile justice schools in San Diego, CA to teach reading and comprehension to incarcerated youth.

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  • 2002

    First international Learning Center opens in London, England; 10th Lindamood-Bell International Conference is held in Anaheim, California.

  • 2004

    Dyslexia study (adults) with Georgetown University published.

  • 2006

    Lindamood-Bell celebrates 20th anniversary.

  • 2006

    School district reform study with Texas A&M University published.

  • 2008

    Nanci Bell is recognized by the CA State Assembly as one of the Top 50 women business leaders.

  • 2010

    Nanci Bell publishes the Symbol Imagery Test.

  • 2011

    Lindamood-Bell celebrates its 25th anniversary 50th Learning Center opens in Baltimore, MD.

  • 2011

    Dyslexia study (children) with Georgetown University published

  • 2012

    HBO Documentary on learning differences features a student at Lindamood-Bell.

  • 2014

    Our largest inner-city public school partnership begins.

  • 2015

    Our Instruction Robots create a new era of remote learning possibilities.

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  • 2015

    Autism studies with University of Alabama at Birmingham published.

  • 2015

    Study with MIT involving children with reading disabilities published.

  • 2016

    We celebrate 30 years of creating the Magic of Learning!

  • 2016

    Lindamood-Bell Academy, a unique private school offering in-person and online instruction, launches.

Our Founders

Nanci Bell
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Patricia Lindamood
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Nanci Bell

Nanci Bell, M.A., is co-founder and director of Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes. Nanci received her B.A. in Elementary Education and her M.A. in Education, specializing in Reading, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She began as a classroom teacher and then worked in private practice where she gained extensive experience in the treatment of language and literacy disorders. Interested in finding solutions, and believing that concept imagery is a critical factor in language comprehension and analytical thinking, she developed specific steps to stimulate concept imagery. Nanci later applied that research to the development of her program to improve reading fluency and accuracy. In 1986, Nanci and Patricia Lindamood founded Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes.


“If we measure sensory-cognitive processing, differentiate the diagnosis, and provide instruction to develop the sensory input of imagery, students can become independent in language and literacy skills.


It is inaccurate to suggest that a reading disability is lifelong and cannot be changed. If the brain can change, the behaviors can change.” ~ Nanci Bell

Patricia Lindamood

The late Patricia C. Lindamood, M.S., CCC-SLP, was co-founder and director of Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes. Her degrees in speech-language pathology and audiology, and her husband’s background in linguistics, led to their early interest and seminal research in phonemic awareness/auditory conceptual function, as well as its predictive relationship to reading and spelling development. Their clinical experience and research resulted in a diagnostic test and treatment program for phonemic awareness / auditory conceptual function that is still in use, both nationally and internationally.


The Human Learning and Behavior branch of the National Institute of Health has funded multiple research studies involving the Lindamood® concepts. Pat’s professional experience included public school, university, and hospital settings, in addition to her private practice and time as an adjunct instructor for the University of California.


Each year on August 27th, Pat’s birthday, we remember and celebrate her many contributions to Lindamood-Bell and the field of education. We especially remember her for the beliefs that she imparted to each of us: that every person could learn to his or her potential, that we could make a difference, and that there is good in each individual—and in each of us.


“The brain can only receive information from our senses, and it is a multi-sensory organ. It is encouraging to report what intervention research reveals: establishing sensory-language connections is the key to establishing those aspects of multisensory integration which individuals do not access genetically.”  ~ Pat Lindamood


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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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