This manual is intended for those who have reason to achieve proficiency in Cued Speech: parents, relatives, and friends of hearing-impaired children, teachers, clinicians, and other allied professionals who are responsible for the habilitation and rehabilitation of those individuals who require a supplementary visual model of oral language. Cued Speech as a system for supplementing information on the lips serves many different languages and dialects. This manual is primarily for the dialects of American speech; however, it can be readily adapted for use with other spoken English dialects.

All instructions and practice materials are based upon the assumption that the reader has gained a basic understanding of the hand positions, configurations, and movements of Cued Speech through one or more of the following:

  1. An introductory workshop in Cued Speech.
  2. The tape recorded "Beginning Lessons in Cued Speech."
  3. Individual instruction by a competent practitioner of Cued Speech.
  4. Filmed or videotaped lessons in Cued Speech.
For information concerning the "basics" one should contact the N ational Cued Speech Association which maintains a directory of proficient Cued Speech instructors, clinicians, and other practitioners.

Individual learners of Cued Speech will find that working their way through the manual will reinforce and supplement what they have gained from other resources. Practice materials become progressively more demanding as skills are established. The cuer who has already had considerable experience will want to use the manual to review principles, check accuracy and efficiency of present cueing skills, and conduct periodic self-evaluations of progress. Those who have been evaluated objectively via the Basic Cued Speech Proficiency Rating will probably choose to to concentrate practice in sections which have been identified as Error Factors for them on the rating profile. This manual -- as the reader will soon discover -- is organized around the Proficiency Goals and Error Factors of the Basic Cued Speech Proficiency Rating. Research has shown us what kinds of learning hurdles cuers often encounter, and common sense tells us that purposeful practice is far more efficient than random practice.

A copy of the Basic Cued Speech Proficienty Rating profile is included for reference. The profile and testing procedures were developed by the author and standardized on an initial population of fifty-six cuers in August of 1983. In the twelve years following it was further validated on over 1000 undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Rhode Island. The resulting analysis of the skills of these cuers (who ranged from experts to beginners) provided the impetus for many of the practice sessions included in this manual.

The author is deeply indebted to Dr. R. Orin Cornett and his most able staff in the Office of Cued Speech Programs at Gallaudet College for suggestions, advice, and creative criticisms all along the way. Betsy Kipila, for example, not only spent many hours proofreading the Cued Speech Guide to Amerian Pronunciations of Common Words but also contributed additional variations. Thanks are also due to the volunteers at the Cued Speech Workshop for Parents who provided bo data and inspiration; to the hundreds of students in phonetics courses at the University of Rhode Island whose learning of Cued Speech under the author's tutelage prompted various instructional strategies; and to colleagues whose enthusiasm for Cued Speech as well as questions and criticismschallenged the author to look for answers. The writer owes a special debt of gratitude to the Department of Communicative Disorders in the College of Human Science and Services at the University of Rhode island for the sabbatical leave which made both research and writing of the original manual possible. And to my wife who served as proofreader, underwriter, care-taker, moral booster, interrogator, apologist, and constant ally -- thanks, Kathryn!

Walter J. Beaupre
July, 1984 and July, 1997

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