What are the strengths of the program?
This program benefits individuals who have difficulty with decoding, spelling, and pronunciation, due to difficulty determining sounds within words. This program helps to encourage phonetic awareness. Individuals using this program can develop self-correcting skills for reading, spelling, and speech through their increasing awareness of the mouth actions which produce different speech sounds. This program provides instructors with scripted examples of speech using the Socratic Method, to help students understand phonetic concepts.

What are the weaknesses of the program?

In order to become an instructor of this program, individuals must go through rigorous training. This is challenging for schools in which students interact with various professionals throughout the day. The same person will not always service a student and, therefore, many individuals will be required to be knowledgeable about this system. Furthermore, the developers of this system state that some students require rigorous schedules of implementation of this system. Some students require four hours of these services throughout the day. This is unlikely to be provided for the students during a typical school day, with the student being included within the least restrictive environment. Another weakness of the LiPS program is that this system is expensive for schools to acquire. This system typically costs $340; however, prices vary based on what edition the school is ordering, as well as the type of kit being ordered (e.g., classroom kit). If various students are using this system, schools will be required to purchase multiple systems or components of the system.

Experienced Teacher Opinion
Anne Conti, a special education teacher who has used the LiPS program in a whole classroom setting, has a positive opinion about the effectiveness of this program. She worked as a long-term sub for three months in a school that used it in the regular education classrooms from kindergarten through third grade. Ms. Conti said that LiPS taught the students to memorize the way that their mouths feel when they are making a sound. In addition, the students were taught how to write nonsense words and many sayings were taught to help the students remember how to make different sounds. She said that the students that used this program, including students with learning disabilities, were at a higher reading level than students that were not taught to read using LiPS. The downside of the program is the difficulty for teachers to learn this program and feel adequate in being able to teach it. In the three months she worked with this program, Ms. Conti still did not feel as though she mastered the program. In her opinion, the students benefit from this unique program, but teachers working with it need to be invested and spend the time in which to learn it.

Parent Review (refer to Sarah Roldan's story)

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