In mid-June, a CNN video of the first child in the country to receive an auditory brainstem implant (ABI) went viral. While
social media networks exploded with chatter about three-year old Grayson Clamp of Charlotte, North Carolina and his new implant activation, there was no mention of the communication modality Grayson uses in his everyday life, which is Cued Speech.
Look closely at Grayson's stunned response to hearing his father's voice, and you might notice him cueing. While it was initially unclear to some what he was cueing precisely—which sparked some discussion on the Cued Speech group page on Facebook—Len Clamp, Grayson's father, put the debate to rest: "He cued ....Continue Reading »
Against longstanding tradition held among schools for the deaf, which typically advocate ASL-only or ASL/written English bilingual education, the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) began using Cued Speech in selected high school classrooms for reading and language instruction in 2010. After observing increases in reading levels, they expanded its use into selected elementary school classrooms.
ISD, a state-supported public school for deaf and hard of hearing students between three to 21 years old, was founded in 1839 and is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. ISD Superintendent Dr. Janice Smith-Warshaw and pre-K-8 Principal Angela Kuhn estimate that ISD currently serves approximately 230 deaf and hard of hearing students in early intervention and pre-K-12th grade school programs. Its philosophy is to be "an accessible ASL/English bilingual community in which ....Continue Reading »
The first time Salena Ashton heard about Cued Speech was from an educator of the deaf in Texas. Her then newborn daughter, Rachel, was born with Treacher-Collins syndrome and bilateral microtia and atresia. Since she had essentially no outer ears and no openings to her ear canals, she had no access to sound for learning language. Rachel underwent extensive surgeries related to her medical conditions during her first 7 years of life. She's a very determined girl, and "smart as a whip" as they say in Maine, who thrives as a home-schooled 4th grader with her brother.
Salena decided not to use Cued Speech because she "had never heard of it" [and therefore] "wasn't interested in it." Her daughter was fitted with a bone-anchored ....Continue Reading »
For instance, you may not have known that Grayson Clamp, the first American child to receive the ABI, uses Continue reading
One Transliterator’s Thoughts – Cued Speech and Mainstreamed Deaf Students
I. The “New Deaf” Student
“Watch Ms. Candela.” Jenny hears that a lot. I, Ms. Candela, am the Cued Speech Transliterator (CST) in her first grade class. Jenny is deaf and I am there to provide her with equal access to the mainstream environment by rendering speech and other sounds into Cued Speech.
“Were you watching Ms. Candela?” Continue reading
*Names were changed to protect privacy
I didn’t realize until recently that before I even met Lauren, I had already begun imagining her.
You see, I like to write stories sometimes, and exactly one year ago, I was writing character profile notes for a short story about a young girl who suddenly loses her command of the English language. My character wakes up one day to discover that she can no longer speak or understand language, and must confront the challenge of communicating via Continue reading
Brian Kelly is a 29-year old Cuer and cochlear implant user; he currently lives in Southern California.
OnCue: How did you begin using Cued Speech?
BK: My parents first discovered Cued Speech when they attended a Cued Speech workshop at the AG Bell convention in 1996. They decided that Cued Speech would best enable me to make progress with my spoken language skills. After 16 years of being exposed to Cued Speech, I am able to make sense of the pattern Continue reading
Cochlear implants are sort of a mixed blessing—it has both produced opportunities for deaf children and impeded them in their overreliance on them. It isn’t a cure-all and it certainly isn’t for everybody, either, for better or worse. In this issue, we will show how Cued Speech—and even, at times, American Sign Language—continues to provide powerful opportunities for students that technology is still limited in Continue reading
Now more than ever, I am in awe of the parents and professionals of the “first generation” of cuers. It was through your hard work and dedication Continue reading
Nuby has placed the DCLP logo on most of its baby products. The products include bottles, toys, teethers, breast pumps, medical items and a variety of other items. A percentage of sales from these products Continue reading