National Cued Speech Association

Special Populations

Cued Speech was created for use by families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Cued Speech provides cued listening, cued phonemes, cued languages, and cued speechreading. Research and experience have proven the benefits of Cued Speech use for people who are deaf or hard of hearing in the development of: Speech-language pathologists and special educators saw the results of Cued Speech use with children with hearing loss and began the expansion of its use to children and adults with other needs or developmental challenges. These individuals may have no disabilities or may have one or more disabilities, including but not limited to:
  • auditory neuropathy / dys-synchrony
  • autism »
  • apraxia
  • cerebral palsy
  • deaf-blindness »
  • developmental disabilities
  • learning disabilities
Cued Speech is the unique link in sensory integration, bringing together sound, sight, kinesthesia, and motor movement at the phonemic level of language in any setting. Children and adults with and without hearing loss benefit from the multi-sensory nature of Cued Speech for a variety of purposes, such as:
  • phonemic stimulation for listening, speech, language and literacy
  • presenting phonics to beginning readers
  • learning the phonemes of an added spoken language
  • speech instruction for articulation and disfluencies
  • language development
  • auditory discrimination and processing
  • oral-motor patterning
  • and more...
The following articles describe in more depth some of the many uses of Cued Speech:
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  • Daily Cues - Figure out your cue notation!
  • Cue for You Transliterating Services - CLT Services
  • iBooks - Cued Speech
  • Help families in need for Cued Speech camps by donating to the Deaf Children's Literacy Project
  • Nuby, Inc - High Quality, Chemical Free Baby Products
  • Deaf Childrens Literacy Project champions literacy and phonetics for families of deaf and hard of hearing children
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