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.
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.
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.
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?
Registration for Cue Camp Virginia opens August 1st online at www.nvcsa.org »
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.
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.)
Family-friendly activities include family canoeing, campfire and s’mores, camp slideshow, and D.J. and dance.