Cued Speech News Winter 2012.

Cued Speech News
Winter 2012 Issue 54

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 here. 

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:   

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, 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


Children’s and Families Bill

Over the last few months the Association has continued to work, both individually and with other organisations, to try to ensure that when the Bill is finalised it will be appropriate for deaf children.  This has been taking considerable time and energy and we are hopeful that the changes the government has been making to their plans will work to the advantage of deaf children and their parents.

Goodbye to Sue Tweed

We are all very sorry to say goodby to Deputy Executive Director Sue Tweed who retires at the end of December.

Sue joined the Cued Speech Association in 2001 and began by working 2 mornings a week as Project Secretary to help put together a series of information sheets funded by the Dept of Health.  She subsequently took over the fundraising role and her job developed, with increased hours, to be responsible for compiling project budgets, fundraising, and monitoring project outputs and outcomes.  Since she reached official retirement age, she became Deputy Executive Director but cut her hours to 12 each week as she took on part time work as a local Parish Clerk ‘for something different’.

Sue’s background is varied: bank clerk, Wren, secretary in the commercial world, sales rep in financial products and then office stationery & equipment, care worker with special needs children and adults, and also as a play leader on holiday playschemes.  In her spare time, she spent 26 years in the Royal Naval Reserves, retiring as a Commander in 2005 after many enjoyable experiences both in the UK and overseas, including 5 short tours of duty in Dubai helping to monitor the whereabouts of British interest merchant shipping in the Gulf.  She was also a Magistrate in the West Midlands for 6 years until she and husband Graham moved to Devon in 2000 to ‘downsize’.  Spare time now involves walking their dog, voluntary work for Children’s Hospice South West, and touring the country on their motorbike. 
Sue says she has thoroughly enjoyed her time with the charity over the last 11 years and has felt privileged to have helped to bring Cued Speech to so many deaf children and their families in that time - seeing the tremendous difference it has made to their lives has been incredible.  She will be sad to leave but will be following the charity's work very closely while looking forward to having more leisure time! 
It was decided to combine Sue’s work with some of the administrative tasks of the Executive Director to create a new part-time post of Project and Charity Manager.

And…….welcome to Graham Burton 

Graham, the Association’s new Project and Charity Manager, has worked in the charity sector for over 30 years.  Starting his career as a warden on a nature reserve in Scotland, he became a senior manager for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds developing UK wide projects, often with major support from the National Lottery or EU Life grants. 
Although his experience has been in wildlife conservation, Graham has developed a range of skills in project management, financial planning, health and safety delivery and team development.  He is also currently a Trustee with the Field Studies Council, who deliver environmental education, and is involved with the Devon conservation charity, Moor Trees.
Graham’s passions include bird watching, loud music and cricket, opening the batting for his village team. He is very involved in many aspects of community life, including looking after the lighting and sound in the village hall and managing a field on the outskirts of the village for amenity use.

Cued Speech -
complete spoken language through vision


Cued Speech is a
simple system which uses
eight handshapes
in four positions
near the mouth
together with the
lip patterns of normal speech
to make spoken language
fully accessible to
deaf and hearing-impaired
babies, children and adults.

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