Reading with TLC™ was developed with a team approach by two sisters: Nancy Alemian Telian and Penny Alemian Castagnozzi. The program was originally created in 1990 in an urban school setting in Massachusetts, where students with reading and auditory processing weaknesses were referred for speech therapy services to train phonemic awareness.
Quickly seeing that letter-sound knowledge would help students in developing phonemic awareness skills, Nancy Telian began designing techniques for her students who struggled with letter sounds. She would go home, put her young children to bed, and then draw picture cues into the letters to remind her students what they should be doing with their mouths when making the sounds.
Nancy began implementing these animated letter cards in manipulative activities, where students were “playing” with letter pictures, reading and spelling words, and learning at a pace much quicker than she’d ever seen before. This led to the development of the Lively Letters™ program.