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Adult Beginner Class Now Forming!

If you are the Parent of a deaf child, a Teacher, a Speech/Language Pathologist, a babysitter, a relative, or are interested in working with deaf students in Fairfax County Public Schools, you are welcome to attend this free series of classes to learn Cued American English.

Introduction and First Class on
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
6:30-8:00 P.M.

Classes are held on consecutive Tuesdays for 8 weeks, and each session is scheduled for 6:30-8:00 pm. These FREE classes are held at Canterbury Woods Elementary School 4910 Willet Drive, Annandale, VA 22003

For questions or to register, please e-mail:  BCBlair@fcps.edu

TEDx Presentation on Cued Speech

TEDx presentation on Cued Speech given during the summer of 2015 by Cathy Rasmussen, an educator with expertise in language and communication.

Cue Camp 2015

It was another great success this year thanks to all the coordinators and volunteers! A special thanks to Charles Berlin, and all the presenters for their support and contributions to a great camp. If you weren't there, here's what you missed:

Link to NVCSA SlickPic page with more option: Cue Camp 2015

What is Cued Speech?

The first CueMom - 1985

What is Cued Speech?

Cued Speech is a system consisting of one hand synchronized with the natural mouth movements of spoken language. In English the hand shows eight different hand shapes, representing 25 different con- sonant sounds, used in four placements around the mouth, representing 15 unique vowel sounds.

Cueing handshapes

Cued Speech helps the deaf person attach meaning to auditory information and helps to clarify the phonology of the spoken language.

Can Cued Speech Be Used With Other Communication Systems?

YES! Cued Speech complements all the various auditory and signed language approaches. The typical deaf cuer is flexible, able to communicate with speech, speechreading, Cued Speech, and signed language.

Why Should Cued Speech Be Used?

Literacy is the original and primary goal of Cued Speech, by providing the appropriate phonemic language base for learning to read. Cued Speech also supports the development of lipreading, auditory discrimination, and speech.

Cued Speech can be adapted to more than 55 different languages and dialects. Cued Speech associations and centers are located around the world.

RESEARCH AND THEORY SUPPORT CUED SPEECH (Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, Gallaudet University, Fall 2003, Vol 5. Iss. 1)


What is NVCSA?

The Northern Virginia Cued Speech Association (NVCSA) provides Education, Advocacy and Support for families and professionals who choose to use Cued Speech with deaf or hard of hearing children.

Young girls at Cue Camp.

NVCSA sponsors family-oriented get-togethers throughout the year, as well as periodic informational events. NVCSA volunteers plan and staff Cue Camp Virginia, a family learning weekend held annually over the Columbus Day weekend to provide Cued Speech instruction and a sense of community to families and professionals who choose to use Cued Speech.    

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