Cued Speech News Spring 2012.

Cued Speech News
Spring 2012 Issue 51

Informal Cued Speech Weekend at the River Dart Country Park - Friday 27th July to Sunday 29th July 2012 

you can stay longer at the site - or travel in daily

This replaces the 2012 Summer Camp due to take place from Monday 30th – Friday 3rd August at Bicton.  Because of lack of funding the full Summer Camp has been postponed until 2013.
What’s on offer?  From Friday evening until Sunday evening Cued Speech tutors and experienced cuers will be leading family cueing games, workshops and cued songs.  A big thank you to the eight tutors who have so far offered to help voluntarily.  The charity will not charge a fee for the Cued Speech workshops and cued games but would appreciate donations towards costs from families who can afford it. 
The Venue -Located in the Dartmoor National Park, the River Dart Country Park is an award-winning campsite.  Set in 90 acres, with lakes, parkland, adventure playgrounds and woods with the majestic River Dart flowing through, the Park is the ideal place to stay or visit.

  • The campsite has put aside a camping field, The Walled Garden, just for us! 
  • Many activities are available free as part of your day entry or tent pitch/accommadation and at a small extra caost Dare Devil activities are supervised by instructors.
  • Camp on site (3-night minimum stay) or come in daily (there are b&b’s on-site and nearby)
Book your accommodation directly with the River Dart Country Park as soon as possible to say that you are part of the Cued Speech group and want to be in the Walled Garden.

Click here to fill in a brief booking form for the Association; we will keep in touch with details of the programme.  
Because the Cued Speech Weekend will not have formal lessons, families earning under £28,000 and who have deaf children may be able to get a grant to cover the costs of accommodation and travel from the Family Fund Trust; they give grants for holidays or leisure activities.  

Abby’s progress 
(First published in the January 2012 magazine of the British Association of Teachers of the Deaf)
Charlotte Lynch, a Teacher of the Deaf in Devon, explains how Abby has benefited from Cued Speech.
Extracts are below OR to read the whole article click here
‘Abby Jane is 7 years old, and has a cochlear implant. She attends her local school in North Devon. She was implanted at the age of 18 months and although she was hearing sounds across the frequency range at 30-40dB, she did not make the expected progress with her speaking and listening skills in the four years post implant.’
‘We first introduced Cued Speech to Abby Jane a few months before the diagnosis of language disorder had been confirmed. I had hesitated to introduce this as she had made slow progress with both her British Sign Language skills and her speaking and listening and I wondered if we were overloading her with yet another thing.’
‘However, after discussion with her school and parents, the two TAs working with Abby and mum agreed to an introductory session with our Cued Speech tutor. After only half a day’s training the TAs immediately started putting this into practice and picked up the system incredibly quickly.’
‘Her [Abby’s] knowledge of English has progressed rapidly and I was amazed to see her do an internet search recently looking up her favourite TV character at the time: ‘Venom Black Spiderman’.
‘Since the introduction of Cued Speech, huge gains have been noted in eye contact, speech discrimination, word blending, literacy skills and behaviour. Abby’s mum wishes she had been introduced to Cued Speech earlier.’
Click here to see Abby’s mum Laura and TA Andrea talking about their experience
of using Cued Speech.

Cue Clubs:
Exeter Cue Club, hosted by Christine Cottam, meets on the first Monday of each month at The Mill on the Exe pub (Bonhay Road, Exeter EX4 3AB,  Come at 7pm for an informal, chatty evening. 
London Cue Club, hosted by Anthony Jefferson, meets at 6pm at the Glassblower pub (1st floor), 40-42, Glasshouse St, Piccadilly, W1B 5DL.  Confirmed dates this year are:

  • Friday 18th May
  • Friday 14th September 
  • Friday 9th November.

Videoed resources

Funded by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund Cate Calder and volunteers (pictured below) have been busy over the winter working to create videoed resources - cued songs, stories and nursery rhymes - for deaf children, their families and for professionals.  These will soon be available on our website's CueTube section.

New Chart

We now have a new Cued Speech Chart which uses the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as well as example words.


The draft discussion document: 'Complete Bilingualism - How full access to both Bristish Sign Langauge (BSL) and English could be achieved' by Anne Worsfold and Cate Calder has been edited following valued input.  Take a look; we would still like further comments.  

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Cued Speech Association UK (CSAUK) is a charity which was established in 1975 to provide information about and training in Cued Speech.

Contact details:
9 Jawbone Hill Dartmouth
Devon  TQ6 9RW
Voice & textphone: 01803 832784
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This newsletter is produced quarterly.  We welcome comments, articles and news of your events.  Please send copy for the next edition to Anne Worsfold by 1st June 2012.

 Cued Speech Association UK
is a charity which was established in 1975to provide information about and training in Cued Speech.
 Cued Speech Association UK
is a charity which was established in 1975to provide information about and training in Cued Speec.

A new way to deliver Cued Speech training

Costs are a problem for everyone at the moment, as they are for our charity.  We have to reduce the administrative costs of delivering training due to lack of funding.  We are moving away from organising all the training from the office towards tutor-arranged training.  Potential learners will be referred by the office to a tutor who will arrange a specific training programme, using our proven training packages, to meet their individual circumstances. 

Goodbye to Kim  

The postponement of the full Summer Camp until 2013 and the change in the way training will be delivered has meant that, sadly, the role of Kim Fricker, our Training Coordinator, has largely disappeared.  With extremely great regret the Association’s Management Committee had to make Kim redundant. 
Anyone who has booked training or attended Summer Camps will know that Kim always goes the extra mile to ensure that everyone’s needs are met and that her administration is faultless. 
Kim has been the caring, yet always professional face of Cued Speech for nearly 13 years.  Highlights of her work include: 

-building up the Summer Camp from virtually nothing to last year’s bursting-at-the-seams, overwhelming success
-liaising with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists to obtain Quality Assured Status for Cued Speech workshops
-arranging training for many hundreds of families through the years.

Kim tells us that she will keep in touch and help where she can in the future.  She will be very greatly missed by all of us.

Nicholas – a changing role 

Lack of funds has also meant that we have been unable to keep our Development and Fundraising officer, Nicholas Orpin, after his initial 18-month employment which was funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. 
Nicholas has achieved a great deal for the charity in a short time.  Highlights of his work include: 

-taking the Cued Speech Association through the process of being awarded Information Standards Certification, which certifies that the information that we provide is trustworthy
-developing communication with heads of other organisations, MPs and others in the field who influence policy and opinion in order to raise the profile of Cued Speech in the UK
-developing new ways of delivering training – including through Skype
-running an enormously successful Children’s Course at our Summer Camp.

Nicholas will also be greatly missed but we are pleased that he has offered to continue to help at the Cued Speech Association (including offering Cued Speech tutoring) as much as his new post as Community Fundraising Manager for Hearing Dogs For Deaf People will allow.    

The Cued Speech Interview with Andrew Garratt

Andrew, who learnt to cue to communicate with a deaf friend, is the Chairman of the Cued Speech Association.  Click here to read his interview.
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