The Cued Speech Initiative @ USF

The Cued Speech Initiative is aimed at promoting Cued Speech as a communication option and literacy tool for deaf children and other children who have difficulties with phonemic awareness in the Tampa Bay area.

Our mission is to 1) expand the language and communication options for deaf and hard of hearing children and their families, and 2) facilitate deaf and hard of hearing children's development of traditionally spoken languages for the subsequent acquisition of literacy skills.

Toward this end, we provide a variety of services to children and adults, host events to support people in learning to cue, and produce materials to support those learning and teaching Cued Speech.

What is Cued Speech?

The National Cued Speech Association defines Cued Speech as a visual communication system that uses eight handshapes in four different placements near the face in combination with the mouth movements of speech to make the sounds of spoken language look different from each other.
Cued Speech chart

Upcoming events

Summer Workshop: None scheduled at USF for Summer 2021

For more information and to check out our Practice Sessions, click here

Need More Info?

A 1-hr presentation entitled Cued Speech: An Effective Approach to Language Acquisition is available for groups interested in an overview of Cued Speech and its effectiveness. The presentation is provided free of charge for groups of 10 or more.

Join Us

Consider joining the USF Cuers mailing list, which averages 3-4 messages per month -  you'll be automatically notified of upcoming Cued Speech events in the Tampa Bay area as well as other information relevant to Cued Speech.