New cued videos for young deaf children
Funded by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, Cate Calder and volunteers have created some wonderful videoed resources - cued songs, stories and nursery rhymes - for deaf children, their families and for professionals. All of the stories can be viewed either with or without subtitles. Take a look at one of the un-subtitled nursery rhymes
We have a few to give free to families in Devon; contact us
to request a copy. Or to buy, at £10 per copy, click here
Skype training - video
Increasingly we are delivering our training remotely, using our e-learning website and one-to-one Skype sessions with Tutors. Training is suitable for everyone from complete beginners through to experienced cuers who want to check their accuracy or improve their fluency.
Watch this wonderful 1 minute video created by Andy Houghton to encourage techno-phoebes (and others) to use Skype training.
One family who are benefiting from Skype training is the Smith family (pictured below) who came to our 2012 informal summer camping weekend. They are currently topping up their skills with Skype sessions from tutor Emma and had one session when baby Madhava was only 11 days old - so Skype was perfect for them.
Pictured above, Prana, Karuna, and young Krsna Smith (who, his mum tells us, loves his baby brother very much) cueing ‘Cheers’ with baby Madhava oblivious to everything!
Remember - if you want one or more extra lesson, maybe to iron out a problem or help you to improve fluency; or to learn from scratch – then get in touch. Skype lessons are cheap, adaptable, personalised and very effective.
How to describe Cued Speech?
Because Cued Speech can be used in many different ways it can be hard to describe. The system can give complete visual access to the whole of a ‘spoken’ language or, at the other extreme, can be used in a limited way to simply disambiguate phonics in a literacy class. The Cued Speech system remains the same but the reasons behind its use, the way it is used, and the outcomes of the children with whom it is used are very different. No wonder some people are confused about Cued Speech!
Over the next year we will be looking at how best to describe Cued Speech and are keen to have contributions.
Cate Calder starts the ball rolling with:
“Cued Speech turns a language of sound like English (or any other spoken language) into a language as fully visible as British Sign Language; this enables deaf babies and children to visually and naturally pick up a language they cannot hear.”
If you have a one or two sentence description, or a snappy phrase do send it in to: firstname.lastname@example.org
This month the interview with someone in the Cued Speech world is with Christine Cottam.
Christine is the parent of two totally deaf young men who were brought up with Cued Speech; she is a Trustee of the charity, a voluntary tutor and she also works as a volunteer with pupils who use Cued Speech at the Royal School for the Deaf Exeter.
Christine was asked how she explains Cued Speech ......
"I always put it in the context of how it clarifies the spoken word visually. I have found that people initially need a brief explanation. By giving examples of how ambiguous lip reading can be, and how Cued Speech clarifies these ambiguities, people generally will either want more in depth explanation or are happy with a general overview".
Click here for the full interview
Christine also runs a Cue Club in Exeter which takes place on the 1st Monday of the month at:
The Mill on the Exe pub (Bonhay Road, Exeter EX4 3AB, www.millontheexe.com) unless its bank holiday in which case it will be held on the second Monday of the month.
Cueing through the decades – Marie Rogers’ story.
June Dixon-Millar, the founder of the Cued Speech Association UK (originally called the National Centre for Cued Speech) recently sent us a paragraph inspired by some informal Cued Speech Transliterating she did recently for Marie Rogers at a local quiz evening. Marie, who learnt to cue as an adult, has used Cued Speech for 30 years.
June tells us that Marie, who is profoundly deaf, and who lives in Canterbury, first heard of Cued Speech in 1982 when Mrs Jan Molloy, who was Teacher -in-charge of the Partially Hearing Unit at Hampton County Primary School, Herne Bay, invited June to give an introductory talk on Cued Speech.
June writes: ‘Marie has been cueing ever since. She was the world’s first deaf adult to gain a Certificate in Cued Speech, has cued at local Canterbury functions at the Mayor's Parlour, Canterbury Cathedral services and at The Canterbury Cue Club. She was a member of the Cued Speech Choir which cued Handel's Messiah in Canterbury Cathedral in 1990 with Christchurch College Choir conducted by Dr Grenville Hancox MBE. Since then she has spent three years learning French supported by Cued Speech used bilingually in French and English. Marie has done much to raise funds for Cued Speech in swimming and running events.’
If you think Cued Speech could help you, or a deaf baby or child, get in touch to:
find out more about Cued Speech use
talk about the types of training (face-to-face and/or remote) we can offer.
Cued Speech Association UK
is a charity which was established in 1975 to provide information about and training in Cued Speech.
This is achieved by:
- providing tuition
- creating and making available teaching materials
- maintaining standards by examining
- collecting & disseminating information about international research and good practice
- working with other organisations.
Charity No 279523 Company No 1477997
Season’s greetings to all from Anne Worsfold and the team at the Cued Speech Association UK