One family's story - inspiring and informative as Lel discusses: evidence versus belief systems in deaf education, learning CS in six hours and how using CS helped her BSL. Click here to see the series of short films.
The Cued Speech Interview Emma Sadeghi
Summer cueing weekend returns Friday 1st August (4.00 p.m) - Sunday 3rd
August (4.00 p.m)
We are now ready to take bookings for this fun and informative event.
We have a rich programme of activities. This year we have added some more formal tuition in Cued Speech, aimed at both parents and professionals, and we are also setting up a full crèche using a professional company.
While the parents are ‘in class’ the kids will love the beach adventure activities and other outdoor activities.
Click here for more information and follow the link for the booking form.
Emma is one of our Cued Speech tutors. She is also a linguist, speaking five languages in total and she can cue in three: British-English, German & French. She can also cue in American-English which differs very slightly to take account of the two different accents. Her next challenge is to learn to cue in Hebrew.
When you explain Cued Speech to someone, what do you say?
I usually start by explaining that in English, lipreading alone gives only about 30% of the information you need. Cued Speech uses handshapes placed round the mouth to supplement that 30% in order that every sound looks clearly different from every other. That way, even a completely deaf child has complete access to every sound that is spoken, and so can learn full sound-based language. Then they can learn to read and write that language in exactly the same way as a hearing child would, which is something that many non-cueing deaf children really struggle with. After all, being deaf doesn’t necessarily make you disabled; being illiterate does.
And the one person who really needs to hear that is?
Parents! There is so much conflicting information out there and parents are often left confused and feeling like very limited communication with their child is the best they can expect, at least for a very long time. Whenever I teach a parent to cue, I feel like I am empowering them to take back their language and their relationship with their child.
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Emma says "There are a few Cued Speech families with under-5s in the Exeter area so we are thinking of establishing a monthly coffee meet, probably in the Sense café in the centre of Exeter. Nothing formal, just chatting and sharing advice! If you would like to join us, please get in touch
and we can try to find a mutually convenient day and time."
Cued Speech – advantages for literacy
The literacy levels of deaf children are a continuing cause for concern, with most deaf children still lagging significantly behind hearing children, and the recent magazine of the British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD) was devoted entirely to the subject; CSAUK Director, Anne Worsfold, contributed an article.
Deaf children who grow up with Cued Speech (CS) do not fit that mould. Because they can both fully access language and are fully aware of the small sound-based units (phonemes) which make up language, their literacy levels can match hearing children. The aim of Anne’s article was originally to give an overview of international research and best practice, drawing mainly from the book ‘Cued Speech and Cued Language for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children’ (2010). This edited volume (which has 42 international contributors, including 25 professors or assistant or associate professors) draws on twenty years of international research to inform the four chapters which are devoted to the effects of CS use on the development of reading. Anne tells us that distilling these four chapters (115 pages!) into a two page article proved impossible so the article looks at a small selection of the more significant research and finishes with excerpts from a parent’s story illustrating one child’s success:
‘After only the first week of training we could say to our son anything at all that we wished in the English language (just as we would be able to type it) and he could fully access this, regardless of the fact that he couldn’t hear a single sound of it.’
‘It seemed unbelievable and miraculous to us that we could cue to him nonsense words, silly sounds, nursery rhymes, read stories to him, chat to him, to say to him whatever we pleased in English with every bit of syntax, grammar and vocabulary fully, simply and easily represented as though speaking normally. The discovery of CS and what it could do for our son and for us as a family was truly and profoundly life-changing, and continues to be thirteen years down the line.’
‘He took very easily to reading and writing – more easily than many of his hearing peers – perhaps helped by already having a visual phonic ‘map’ in his head from his early exposure to CS…. by age 6 he had a reading age of 10; he achieved Level 4/5s in his English SATs in Year 6; and now, at 14, he has a reading age of 16+.’
To read the whole article: click here
For information about the book referred to above: click here
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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.