Cued Speech

An auditory-visual communication approach combining a system of hand cues with the natural mouth movements of speech, specifying each sound (phoneme) of spoken language clearly.

A hand shape (consonant groups) at a location (vowel groups) cues a syllable. This integration provides clear access to all the phonemes (sounds) as parents coo, babble and talk.



  • To provide clear communication in the spoken language of the home.
  • To develop the phonemic language base to achieve full literacy in conversation, reading and writing.
  • To support speechreading, speech and auditory skill development.



  • The child absorbs language through early, consistent, clear communication using Cued Speech, speech­reading and hearing.
  • Cueing boosts auditory awareness, discrimination and understanding.



Cued, spoken and written English or other languages (60+ cued languages).



Early, consistent and appropriate use of hearing technology (hearing aids, cochlear implant(s), FM system) is important with this approach.

Requires ongoing auditory management.



  • Parents are expected to learn to speak-and-cue at all times in order for children to absorb the phonemes critical to language and reading readiness.
  • Families need to provide consistent use of cues and speech during daily routines and play activities.
  • The system is taught in less than 20 hours through multi-media, classes, and Family Cue Camps.  Consistent daily use and practice leads to conversational ease within a year.


More Info and Related Links

The National Cued Speech Association
Cued Language Network of America (CLNA)
Testing, Evaluation, and Certification Unit (TECUnit)
Cued Speech Information
Cued Speech Products and Materials
Language Matters, Inc.

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