You may have seen the terms Cued Speech, cued language, Cued American English, and cueing. But what do they really mean? Are they all the same thing? Well, yes…sort of.
Let’s start with the term Cued Speech. Cued Speech was developed in the mid-1960s at Gallaudet College (now University) by Dr. Orin Cornett to make the phonemes of spoken English visible to deaf and hard-of-hearing children–and enable real-time communication–between parents and their children (and between teachers and students). (In very general terms, phonemes are the building blocks of any language; in English, these are the consonants and vowels that can be combined to create syllables and words.)