- List and evaluate the needs of your child. Take time to envision yourself as your child.
- Look at each category of the charts and review your list in comparison to them. Discuss each of your child’s disabilities, one at a time, and consider the effect of that disability on perception and learning.
- Ask a proficient cuer to use one or two vowels and two simple words in Cued Speech to demonstrate and discuss how the use of Cued Speech helps you meet each of your child’s needs.
ACTIVITIES WITH YOUR CHILD:
2. Practicing Cued Speech with your child:
- Learn one or two vowels (/ah/ and /a/) and two simple words (“mama” and “dada”) in Cued Speech to demonstrate and practice using Cued Speech with your child and his/her specific needs. (For example, learn to cue /ah/. If your child is not visually attentive, catch his attention with your hand in front of his eyes, lead his eyes with your hand up to your cheery face, cue-and-say /ahhhhh/. Wait briefly for a response. You may need to repeat this. You may need to let your child grasp and hold onto your cueing hand as you lead his gaze to your face and cue.
- It is easy to go from cueing-and-saying “ah” to cueing-and-saying “mama”! Be sure to have a happy expressive face, and cue-and-speak slowly so your child has time to think about it and react. (See the demonstration of a mother cueing with her child in Lesson One of the Discovering Cued Speech Instructional Video.)
- Now learn and try “a” and “dada”.
3. Let your child participate in your cueing by letting him grasp each of your hands with his hands as you say and cue fun sounds with both hands simultaneously. Be sure to be expressive with your face and voice, and pause to let your child or imitate you or lead you to a new sound or syllable. Some examples are: “oh-oh-oh”, “ahhhh”, “du-du-du-du”, “da-da-da-da”, “choo-choo-choo”, “pop!” etc., etc.!
4. Let your child participate in the full sensory-integrated experience of Cued Speech by letting him touch and play with your face with one hand while grasping your cueing hand with his other hand. This can be done in a number of positions; e.g. while he is lying on his back in your lap, sitting in a baby seat, or being held in one of your arms while the other arm is free for cueing. . Be sure to be expressive with your face and voice, and pause to let your child or imitate you or lead you to a new sound or syllable!
5. Call the National Cued Speech Association
at 1-800-459-3529 v/tty for more information about using Cued Speech or NU-VUE-CUE with your child and networking with other families. You can also contact NCSA through our contact page at www.cuedspeech.org/contact
(References are available through the National Cued Speech Association):
“The Child with More Than One Disability”
in The Cued Speech Resource Book for Parents of Deaf Children. Cornett, R.Orin and Mary Elsie Daisey. The National Cued Speech Association, 2001, pages 537-555.
Beck, Pamela. ADVANCE for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.
July 6, 1998, pp. 30-31.
“The Eyes Have It.”
Clark, Roselyn D. Information Sheet about Nu-Vue-Cue, for children unable to speak.
Dixon-Millar, June. Article regarding the use of Cued Speech with children who are deaf and blind. SENSE magazine, Summer 1987