Cued Speech

What is Cued Speech?

Cued Speech is a visual communication system that uses hand shapes, facial expressions, and body language to represent the sounds of spoken language. It is a separate system from American Sign Language (ASL), and it is not a true language.

Cued Speech was developed in the 1960s by Dr. R. Orin Cornett. It is used in over 80 countries around the world.

There are several different types of Cued Speech, including American Cued Speech, British Cued Speech, and Australian Cued Speech.

Cued Speech is not a substitute for hearing aids or cochlear implants. It is a complementary communication system that can be used in conjunction with these devices.

What are Cued Speech Gestures?

Cued Speech gestures are hand shapes that are used to represent the consonants of spoken language. There are 8 hand shapes in Cued Speech, and each hand shape represents a different consonant sound.

Is Cued Speech Still Used?

Yes, Cued Speech is still used today. It is used by deaf and hard-of-hearing people of all ages, and it is also used by some hearing people who are learning Cued Speech to communicate with deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

What are the Advantages of Cued Speech?

Cued Speech has several advantages over other forms of communication for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. These advantages include:

  • Cued Speech can be used in noisy environments.
  • Cued Speech can be used by people who have limited or no vision.
  • Cued Speech can be used by people who are not fluent in sign language.
  • Cued Speech can be used to supplement hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Is Cued Speech a True Language?

Cued Speech is not a true language. It is a system that is used to represent the sounds of spoken language. Cued Speech does not have its own grammar or syntax, and it cannot be used to express complex ideas or emotions.

If you are interested in learning more about Cued Speech, there are several resources available online and in libraries. You can also find Cued Speech classes and workshops in many communities.