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Autumn 2016


Issue 69

Cued Speech's Annual Cue Camp

Slapton Ley, Devon

The Cued Speech Association UK held another of their annual cueing weekends, once more at Slapton Ley in south Devon.  While parents were able to learn Cued Speech - at a beginners, intermediate and advanced level - the Slapton Ley Field Centre, generously delivered nature-based, fun activities to the older children free of charge.  The youngest children were looked after by a team of childcare professionals in an on-site crèche, and Cued Speech–using volunteers ensured that all children had access to the activities.

So that no family was denied the opportunity to attend, free or subsidised places for parents and families of deaf children were available, and we are grateful for the support of a number of grant-making Trusts, and the BBC Children in Need, which made this possible.   The children were delighted when a special guest stopped by on the last day of their visit - no other than Children in Need mascot, Pudsey Bear.

This year’s event was, as expected, a huge success, with great feedback from everyone who attended.  The Cued Speech Association UK would like to extend their sincerest thanks to everyone who came to participate, support or volunteer their time, making this yet another fantastic event.

Here's to many more Cue Camps in the future.

Using Cued Speech with Signing Deaf children 

By Cate Calder

First given as a presentation at a workshop in Frank Barnes school, Cued Speech tutor, Cate Calder, has written an article about the use of Cued Speech with deaf children who use sign language.  Cate has worked with BSL-using deaf children for many years and is an interpreter-level BSL-user.  Cate was originally motivated by meeting British and European deaf people who had been given visual access to English through cueing. They had no problem with understanding, reading or writing it - they even claimed to love the English language. Some had acquired more than one spoken language because the people in their lives cued to them, and they could often converse in more than one signed language too.

Her presentation includes three example videos of deaf children’s poor access to language when educators mix English and signs ineffectively, followed by explanations, and a number of filmed examples of different ways in which children can learn to move competently between visual English and BSL.

To read Cate's full article, please follow this link: website.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Cued Speech

A 3-day International Conference

Cued Speech was devised 50 years ago and the National Cued Speech Association of the USA celebrated with a three-day international conference near Washington DC in July which had wide-ranging presentations, and presenters and delegates from around the world, including a large number of adults who had grown up with Cued Speech. 
International presentations included the use of Cued Speech in Belgium, Iran, the Philippines, Ethiopia and France.  International and American-based presentation subjects included literacy, early language, the use with poetry, new research and the use of Cued Speech with sign languages. The presentations were filmed, and as they become available on-line this newsletter will publicise and link to them. 
Attending from the Cued Speech Association UK were: Anne Worsfold, Executive Director, and Win Burton, Trustee.  Anne tells us that, while it was vital to be aware of the new research and successful models of good practice that were presented, the two main images she brought away were:
  • Firstly that an inspiringly large number of deaf people seemed to have entirely reached their potential with Cued Speech. The ‘native’ cuers attending, who have grown up using the system, were brimming with confidence and joie de vivre and had truly ‘broken the paradigm of deaf education’ and now work in a variety of professionals, including as doctors, lawyers and professors.
  • Secondly, that Cued Speech and signed languages can really ‘go hand in hand’, with many of the cueing adults at the conference moving naturally in and out of cued English and American Sign Language.  Anne says:  ‘It seems to me that access to the home language first is the key to true bilingualism.  Cued Speech is ‘just’ a visual version of English and when it is used early and consistently deaf children grow up understanding and using English in the same way as hearing children; the addition of a second (signed or spoken) language can then be easy.  My experience is that deaf children whose hearing parents use only BSL in the early years do not have the same positive outcomes as the native cuers.  This appears to be because, with a tiny number of exceptions, hearing parents struggle to learn and use BSL at a language level and, although later the deaf children may improve their BSL at school, they themselves then struggle with literacy.  Many of the native deaf cuers at the conference seem to have got full bilingualism sorted!’
Anne also tells us that it was a great personal pleasure to meet some of the people who she had been reading about or corresponding with for many years, and cuers from around the world.   

Photo -  Left – right  Mary Elsie Daisey, co-author, with Dr R Orin Cornett of the ‘Cued Speech Resource Book for Parents of Deaf Children’ and the first person ever to use Cued Speech with her daughter, Leah Henegar.  Jane Dolan, one of Mary’s daughters, who has cued, for her sister, since childhood and who was transliterating at the conference. Anne Huffman, another of Leah’s sisters, President of the National Cued Speech Association and also a cuer from childhood.  Lauren Tribby Pruett, a cued language transliterator (CLT), qualified transliterator trainer, and consultant, who co-owns Language Matters. 

Photo - Left – right  Anne Worsfold, Executive Director of the Cued Speech Association UK (CSAUK), whose sons were brought up with Cued Speech, Sarina Roffe, Executive Director of the National Cued Speech Association [of USA], who learnt Cued Speech for her son in 1979, and Chang-won Seo, professor, from the Far East University, Korea, who has, amongst other things, created a computer program which generates accurate Korean cues on an avatar; he says he will do the same for English! 

Photo - Deep in conversation, the multi-lingual aspect of Cued Speech must have come up as CSAUK Trustee, Win Burton, whose deaf sons were brought up bilingually in French at school in Belgium and English at home, chatted with Gabrielle (Stasie) Jones, a profoundly deaf cuer who was also brought up with English and French, and has acquired several additional languages subsequently.  Stasie was a Trustee of the CSAUK between 1996 and 1998 and is now Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Diego, where she has a particular interest in Chinese deaf education.
Thank you to all the organisers of this special conference.

Cueing Educator Award

A win for Executive Director, Anne Worsfold

Tutor Emma Sadeghi wrote on the Cued Speech Facebook page: 

‘We are tremendously proud of our very own Anne Worsfold, who received a Cueing Educator Award at the 50th Anniversary Conference near Washington, USA. It is such a pleasure to receive International recognition for our incredibly dedicated and hard-working Executive Director!’

Understanding spoken language, through both listening and watching. 

The role of lip-reading and how Cued Speech (CS) helps 

Originally written for the Cochlear Implanted Children's Support Group July 2016 edition by Anne Worsfold, parent of two deaf sons (now adults) and Director of the Cued Speech Association UK. 

"As hearing people, especially when we are parents of deaf children, we tend to think of lip-reading as something particularly important for deaf people.  And once we add cochlear implants into the mix, the temptation is to think that for implanted deaf children, as for hearing children, lip-reading is a handy addition when background noise is extra bothersome.  I was astonished to discover that hearing babies watch lips as part of the development of their language and that if the speaker is using a language babies are not familiar with (the research looked at Spanish) they pay attention for even longer.
Even more amazing is the fact that adults can’t help ‘lip-reading’ others, as demonstrated by the fascinating (but unimaginatively named) McGurk Effect.  If you are not familiar with it, it’s a phenomenon where the sound a person ‘hears’ changes to match the lip-pattern of the sound.  Do take a look at a BBC item at:  It’s a compelling demonstration of how we can’t intellectually ‘over-ride’ the visual speech information we see. 
This implies that watching lips is an integral part of language learning for all, and that as adults we can’t ignore the language information on the lips.  In other words, speech is multi-sensory.  But how important is this for implanted children? ..."

To read the full article, please click here.

From the NDCS

National Deaf Children's Society

We are happy to pass on information about some useful NDCS workshop for parents on Education Health and Care plans.  There is one in Bristol in November and another one in Manchester next February.
Also the NDCS are also running a series of workshops for professionals over the coming months:

Would you like to know more about using or learning Cued Speech?

 For more information about CS use or to find out how to learn, contact the Cued Speech Association UK at:
01803 712853

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