Growing Up With Hearing Loss
Cued Speech: Learning to Use Handshapes that Stand for Sound
Read this page to learn what cued speech is, and if it's right for your child.
What cued speech is
- Cued speech is a way for deaf people to "see" spoken English. It was invented to teach deaf children how to read.
It helps children "see" the sounds.
- The cued speech method can help children do this:
- Communicate with other people who use handshapes that stand for all the different sounds in English.
- Possibly improve their speech.
- Learn written English.
- Learn other languages, like Spanish or Chinese.
- Cued speech is not sign language or American Sign language.
- Cued speech uses handshapes that stand for different sounds.
- Sign language uses handshapes, facial expressions, and body posture to
express different concepts.
- Cued speech can be used with 2 other methods of communication.
How learning the cued speech method affects children's lives
- Most children who cue go to public school.
- A person called a cued speech transliterator helps them understand
what the teacher says.
- The cued speech transliterator repeats the teacher's words without sound.
- She uses cues to make her words clearer.
- She can also "speak" for your child when your child cues back.
How cued speech works
- There are eight different handshapes.
- The handshapes go in one of four places around the face.
- A person reads cueing by looking at the handshape, where it's placed, and how the speaker's lips move.
- For more on how cueing works, go to the Cued Speech Association UK's site.
How can I learn cued speech?
Cued speech is not widely used in the U.S. today. You may have trouble finding a transliterator or someone to teach you how to cue. Here are some places to start looking:
- Find a cueing teacher on the National Cued Speech Association's state-by-state list of teachers.
- Can't find a cueing teacher or transliterator near you? Call or e-mail the NCSA's information service, Cued Speech Discovery:
The National Cued Speech Association
23970 Hermitage Road
Cleveland, OH 44122
Voice/TTY: (800) 459-3529
- Look for a cued speech workshop on Cuedspeech.com's calendar page.
- Learn how to cue online at the Art of Cueing.
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