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

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

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