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Communication Resources

There are multiple online resources for learning about the different communication options such as listening and spoken language, ASL, cued speech, and total communication. Below are a few resources to help you start learning.  IL Sound Beginnings believes that each family has the right to learn all of their options and choose the one that works best for them, the Hands & Voices motto "What works for your child is what makes the choice right" holds true here.

Communication Styles and Languages

American Sign Language (ASL)

American Sign Language is a formal system of visual language that uses movements of the hands and face to convey information. It used by many people who are D/deaf and hard of hearing in the United States.

Cued Speech (Cued American English)

Cued speech uses handshapes, placement of hands, and lip reading to visually show the different sounds of spoken language.

Listening and Spoken Language (LSL)

The Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) approach teaches a child spoken language though listening. Along with the use of a hearing device, children can be taught different techniques to help them understand how to listen and talk.

Total Communication

Total Communication is a combination of gestures, spoken language, signed language, and lip reading.

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