Support for deaf children aged 0 to 5 years: Guide

Hitchins, A. Lewis, S. Holmans, A. Grover, A. Wakefield, T. Cormier, K. Rowley, K. Macsweeney, M. | View as single page | Feedback/Impact

Cued Speech


In the NDCS booklet, Communicating with your Deaf Child, the following explanation of Cued Speech is given.

Cued Speech is a sound-based system that can support access to speech and oral language.  It uses eight hand shapes in four different positions (cues), and accompanies natural speech.  It is intended to make it easier for a child to understand speech.  The combination of hand shape, hand position and lip shape make the sounds of spoken language visible.  The aim is to give children full and complete access to spoken language, which in turn helps them develop their literacy skills as it helps deaf children to associate the sounds of spoken English with the letters of written English.

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