Cued speech is a visual communication system that can be used to demonstrate phonetic information for children who may not be able to learn entirely though amplified hearing.
Designed to enhance lipreading ability, cued speech combines the natural mouth movements of speech with eight hand shapes (cues) that represent different sounds of speech. For example, the hand shapes help the child distinguish sounds that look the same on the lips-such as "p" and "b". In addition to the eight hand shapes, there are four positions around the mouth, each of which represents several vowel sounds. Some children who use Cued Speech also enroll in programs that emphasize listening and spoken language development.
For more information, contact the National Cued Speech Association.