Cued Speech


Research and evidence into using cueing to support language acquisition, listening and lip-reading skills and age-appropriate literacy levels for deaf children.

Case Studies

How has cueing been used by hearing families with a deaf child, deaf families and professionals.

Lots of video examples.

Who Uses Cued Speech?

Hear from families, deaf users, teachers and therapists.

Also learn how cueing can be used bilingually with signed and/or other spoken languages.

Why Cue?

The importance of early exposure to language and how cueing can be used to develop listening and lip-reading skills; support social/emotional development and enable full access to education.

What Is Cued Speech

Description of the system, its history and context as a visual support for speech perception. How to learn to cue and get in touch with relevant organisations.

Cued Speech: Guide

Online Community

FaceBook:  Cued Speech Association UK, Cued Speech, , South West Cued Speech, Cued Speech Tutors UK

Twitter - cuedspeechnews

Areas for further research

Current research in the UK is being done at University College London - Can explicit training in Cued Speech improve phoneme identification? Rachel Rees, Claire Fitzpatrick, Jess Foulkes, Hilary Peterson & Caroline Newton. Please visit to access more information on international research projects and results.

Editor’s comments

It is estimated that there are 45,000 children in the UK with some degree of permanent hearing loss and over 90% of those children are born into hearing families who are of course using a spoken language in the home.  The human brain as it develops will naturally integrate what it hears of a spoken message with what it sees from the lip-patterns and other facial features, this is natural a process that reaches completion in adolescence.


The system of Cued Speech has been adapted to represent the phonemes of at least 63 different languages and dialects across the world with more adaptations being developed all the time. British English uses 8 hand shapes, 4 positions about the face and 4 movements, to date the adaptations for all the cued languages draw from 17 hand shapes, 5 positions and 5 movements. Some examples are French, Spanish, Polish, Slovak, Chinese, Thai Tammasaeng, Urdu, German and the full range of English dialects such as American, Australian, South African, Welsh and Scottish.



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