Cued Speech

Strength of Evidence

Cued Speech was originally devised in 1966 and throughout the years since it has been subject to research by a diverse range of scientists working in disciplines such as linguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, cognition, speech science, hearing science, social science and computer science as well as by practitioners working directly in the field of deafness.  We would recommend the publication "Cued Speech and Cued Language for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children" edited by Carol J.


Effects of English Cued Speech on Speech Processing and Literacy: A single case study - Bladel, J., Rees, R., (1989) abstract

Lip-Reading Skills

The role of lip-reading and Cued Speech in the processing of phonological information in French-educated deaf children. - Alegria, J., Charlier, B., Mattys, S., (1999)  abstract 


Cochlear Implant Users

Cued Speech and Cochlear Implants: Powerful Partners - Smith, J., (2006) full text 


Cued Speech and the Reception of Spoken Language - Nicholls, G. H., Ling Mcgill, D., (1982)  abstract 


Early Language Acquisition

Dr Ruth Campbell, Ph.D Foreword, ‘Cued Speech and Cued Language for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children’ Plural Publishing 2010 

Berlin, C. I., et. al. ‘Multi-site diagnosis and management of 260 patients with [ANAD]’, International Journal of Audiology, 2010; 49; 30- 43 

Nicholls, G. H., & Ling, D. (1982). Cued Speech and the reception of spoken language. 

Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 25, 262 -269 


Lots of short films of parents and professionals talking about how they use Cued Speech, including examples of Cued Speech in action. 

An American website – lots of films showing  how different families, professionals and deaf people themselves use cueing in their lives.

Deaf People’s Perspective

A deaf man describes how his understanding of English and educational experience was greatly enhanced once his parents started to use CS with him from 5th grade onward.


The Professional’s Perspective

A Teacher of the Deaf describes how a deaf girl she works with was able to accelerate her literacy learning when she and two teaching assistants learned to cue for her.

An article by Charlotte Lynch,  a ToD, explains how one implanted little girl has benefited from CS.

The Family’s Perspective

A fascinating and  in depth description of a family’s journey with cueing and the reasons they chose to use it alongside signing for their profoundly deaf son.

Access to communication in English – article by a parent of a bilingual deaf child.

Use with Deafened Adults

Cued Speech can be of real benefit to adults with a hearing loss by giving full access to spoken language, helping them process new vocabulary accurately and keep their own pronunciation skills honed.

The situation for deaf adults falls broadly into three categories:


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