National Cued Speech Association

Cue Camps 2018

Family-friendly camps

Spring, summer and fall camps for families, professionals, the deaf / hard of hearing and the learning disabled. And a deaf camp for youth including those with an oral, sign language or ASL background. Individuals of all ages are included and past campers mentioned how much they benefited from the courses / workshops and loved the locations and scenery.

All camps below offer Cued Speech / Cued English courses, workshops, panel discussions and guest lecturers within a relaxed camp atmosphere at beautiful locations (rivers, lakes and mountains). Students in these workshops include audiologists, speech therapists, professors and cochlear implant professionals among others.

Cued Speech instructors will teach the system in an easy to learn format each day to meet group as well as individual needs.

Advanced literacy skills are a direct benefit of active Cued Speech use between parent and child. This resulting benefit can be seen with youth at any age. This is where family-based cue camps come in and are enormously instructive for parents from all backgrounds through courses and workshops.

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2018 Cue Camps

2018 camps now open, save the date and make plans.

Cue Camp Mechuwana

Winthrop, Maine
August 15 - 19, 2018

Join us for Cueing Fun!

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RID credits available.

A fun and supportive learning environment for new cuers and those wishing to improve their cueing skills or learn more about it. Instruction is provided at all levels from beginner through advanced/transliterator training. Children learn through fun, age-appropriate activities. Swimming, boating, and campfires with s'mores enjoyed by all each day.

Mother cueing to her daughter

Learn to cue, improve your cueing skills, and meet other cuers. Learn more about how cueing is being used in bilingual education, to naturally acquire the spoken language of the family and community, to provide phonemic awareness pre and post implant, to receive direct access in educational and professional settings without interpretation, and to improve literacy skills.

Lake Mechuwana scenery

Held at beautiful Camp Mechuwana, on Lake Annabessacook and Lower Narrows Pond, surrounded by 230 acres of woodlands, in Winthrop, Maine.

  • Wish to learn to cue or refine your already existing cueing skills?
  • Want to be a Cued Language Transliterator? This is a great place to start!
  • Do you use ASL and wish to learn to cue? Interpreters available upon request. Separate class taught in ASL with interest.
  • Wishing to provide phonemic awareness?
  • Do you have a progressive hearing loss or are you hard of hearing and can't hear your spouse, children, or siblings very well?

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Cueing helps provide access to communication all around you. Come to Cue Camp Mechuwana to socialize and network with cueing families, friends, and professionals. Bring your family and start cueing!

For more information, contact Cue Camp Mechuwana Director Suzanne Flint at

Cue Camp Virginia

Jamestown, Virginia
October 4 - 7, 2018

Registration for Cue Camp Virginia opens August 1st online at »

Camp will be held on Columbus Day weekend, October 4-7 (Th-Su). The Adult Beginning Cued Speech class starts on Thursday evening at 8:00. All other courses and activities start Friday morning at 9:00.

Photo of a group of campers, professionals and families by the river and trees at Jamestown, VA.

Who should attend Cue Camp Virginia?

Cue Camp Virginia (CCVA) is a learning weekend intended for entire families with deaf or hard-of-hearing infants and children, professionals in fields related to deafness, and anyone else interested in learning about Cued Speech, learning the Cued Speech system, or increasing cueing fluency. (CCVA cannot accommodate unaccompanied minors.)

Beginning Cued American English

This class is for those who are unfamiliar with the Cued Speech system. Beginning on Thursday night at 8:00 p.m., this class will cover a basic history of Cued Speech (open to all camp participants) and a complete overview of the eight handshapes and four placements representing all the consonant and vowel sounds of American English.

Beginning Cued American English taught in ASL

See description above. This is a separate class, taught in ASL and intended for deaf/hard-of-hearing participants who use ASL.

Advanced Beginner Cued Speech Fluency Workshop

This class is designed to help participants increase speed, accuracy, and confidence. Content includes lots of practice and covers challenges to fluency such as flicks, consonant blends, diphthongs, and liaisons. If you are already familiar with the Cued Speech system; this is the class for you. Progress is at your own pace. It’s not necessary to repeat the Beginner class just because you’re still using the chart to find the correct handshape or placement.

Advanced Cued Speech

This class includes practice of more complex phrases, sentences, paragraphs, and conversations. It addresses technical questions and linguistic justification behind “correct” cueing and use of the CS system. Participants should be able to cue consistently without reference to charts.

Cued Language Transliterator (CLT) Training and Mentorship Program

Cued Language Transliterators-in-training will be paired with experienced CLTs to provide transliteration for various camp enrichment activities (not classes or presentations) to gain experience in a variety of scenarios. Trainees receive feedback from multiple sources, as well as tips and constructive input from Language-Matters instructors.


Several presentations and workshops will offer topics of interest to families and/or professionals.

Children’s Groups and Classes

Children are grouped by age and/or grade to ensure appropriate peers. In addition to activities such as moon bounce, archery, art, fishing, and canoeing, all groups receive instruction in Cued American English. Play with handshape exercises is provided for our youngest campers. For ages pre-K and up, the Cued Speech system is taught to all Beginners. Practice sessions are offered for more proficient cuers. Group leaders consist of cueing professionals, parents, adults, and deaf cueing role models. (A group leader or assistant who knows ASL will be with any group that contains a deaf signing child.)

Social Activities

Family-friendly activities include family canoeing, campfire and s’mores, camp slideshow, and D.J. and dance.


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