Cue Camp - Friday 28th - Sunday 30th July
at Slapton Ley Field Centre - South Devon
Cue Camp gives parents of deaf children the skills of Cued Speech (CS) in order to communicate and be effective language models. We provide:
- Professional tuition in CS at 3 levels for adults.
- A professional crèche for younger children.
- A programme of outdoor nature-based, language-building activities for older deaf children and their siblings delivered by the staff at the Slapton Ley Field Centre.
- Language support for the children delivered by CS volunteers in the Crèche, in the outdoor activities, and in evening events. Support can be through CS, and, if required, BSL (if children already use BSL) so they can communicate and belong at every level and develop their communication skills and language.
- A supportive environment for deaf children and their siblings to communicate, befriend and enjoy the company of people who share their experiences.
This residential weekend is aimed at both professionals and parents and families of deaf babies and children. Click here for full details
Free for families - book now as places are limited.
Many thanks to the DM Thomas Foundation for young people and BBC Children in Need for funding this residential cueing weekend.
A major new Cued Speech project
Language for deaf babies and toddlers
This exciting project, ‘Language for deaf babies and young children 0-3’, generously funded by the Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust, is starting this spring. It aims to very substantially increase the number of deaf children who reach the age of four years with an understanding of English (or their home language) that is equal to that of hearing children.
Cued Speech can be invaluable to ‘rescue’ school-age children who have failed to understand, or fully understand, the written or spoken English that surrounds them …..but….these failures need not happen, and this work aims to significantly decrease the risk of that happening.
One of the first tasks of the project will be to draft a new resource which aims to ensure that all parents of deaf babies and young children:
We would like input from others as we create the new training package. If you are a parent, or an interested professional, please contact us.
- understand the importance of early, fully accessible language
- know how CS can give deaf babies and toddlers access to English (or their home language) without delay, and
- can access training in both Cued Speech and in communication technics.
We have some great new videos up on our website, including some stories for children. We will be featuring them, and the wonderful cuers who create them, in our next Newsletter.
Meanwhile, - click here to view on our cue tube
French children’s stories
Anne Worsfold writes:
'The Belgian Cued Speech Association has for sale a DVD of charming, cued and illustrated children’s stories. My French skills are very poor (although my perception of the language is greatly improved when I see it cued) but I was particularly taken with the story about Alfred, the 467 year old dragon with a penchant for knitting, who lives in a small volcano.
‘Belgian French has a couple of vowels which are different to French as spoken in France, and the cues reflect that, but I thoroughly recommend the DVDs to any deaf child learning, or being introduced to, French, or to any adult cuer who needs to improve his or her use of French or of cued French.’
June Dixon Millar
A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of June Dixon-Millar was held on Saturday 25 February, in St Mary's Church, Church Road, Barnes, London, a church with which she and her first husband had a close association. Hosted by Chris Millar and June’s sons John and Paul, it was a truly joyful occasion with reminiscences from her family and from people from various parts of her life.
Cuers from around the UK attended, including Anthony Jefferson, one of the first three children to learn English through Cued Speech in the UK – and one of June’s first pupils. Anne Worsfold tells us that she was honoured to be able to talk about June’s life-changing work promoting and delivering training in Cued Speech.
June’s will requested that donations at the funeral service would be for the work of the Cued Speech Association UK and a total of £2,485 has been given in her name.
By a happy coincidence June’s obituary was printed in the Guardian on the day of her Thanksgiving service, and can also be found online at:
International Cued Speech
We return to the international theme with information about Cued Speech in Poland, a report of the new adaptation into Slovak and Iranian New Year celebrations.
Cued Speech tutor, Paul-Michael Coldham, tells us how, and why, he adapted Cued Speech into Slovak
Adapting Slovak - P-M Colham
Cueing in Poland - A personal journey
Nina Jajszczyk is a Polish Speech and Language Therapist, a Polish Cued Speech Transliterator and Instructor, a trustee of the Polskie Stowarzyszenie Metody Fonogestów (the Polish Cued Speech Association), and is currently living in England. She tells us about her journey with Cued Speech and the successes she’s seen.
Building Bridges - Nina Jajszczyk
Finally, Happy Nowruz (Iranian New Year)
to Dr Guita Movallali, and the children at the clinic she runs for deaf children.
Nowruz means ‘New Day’ and it’s celebrated on the day of the (northern hemisphere) spring equinox. The staff and children at Dr Movallali’s clinic celebrated with a party.
Partying at the Faranak clinic
Guita is a widely published researcher, and is Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology and Education of Exceptional children, University of Social Welfare & Rehabilitation Sciences, Teran. She developed the Persian version of Cued Speech and launched of the first Persian Cued Speech Foundation in 2011, a non-profit organisation which promotes literacy in deaf children.
If you would like to know more about Nowruz, and its message of peace and friendship, click here: http://www.iranreview.org/content/Documents/Happy_New_Iranian_Year_3.htm
For more information about Persian Cued Speech www.persiancuedspeech.ir