19th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
March 8-10, 2020 • Kansas City, MO

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3/08/2020  |   8:30 AM - 12:30 PM   |  Toward a Model Bilingual Curriculum: “Hand in Hand,” Possibilities for an American Sign Language and Cued American English Curriculum for Ages 0-3   |  Northrup

Toward a Model Bilingual Curriculum: “Hand in Hand,” Possibilities for an American Sign Language and Cued American English Curriculum for Ages 0-3

English literacy development in children with hearing loss has long been, and remains, a key concern for educators in America. The majority of methods in use today do not provide extensive, direct visual access to the phonological aspects of English that are known to be key for the acquisition and application of certain skills that predict the development of solid English reading and writing ability; to date, the Cued Speech (CS) system is the only method that allows complete visual access to the phonemes of spoken languages at the same rate as running speech (congruent to the auditory access babies and children with typical hearing receive). Recognizing that access to both the American Deaf Community and English best promotes development of the whole child, the presenters will discuss pertinent academic research, professional experiences, and personal anecdotes that support the parallel use of American Sign Language (ASL) and Cued American English (CAE) in early intervention programs, with the goal that children with hearing loss become functionally bilingual, ostensibly improving their academic, social, emotional, and economic outcomes. In order that participants can best grasp the possibilities available for using a joint ASL and CAE curriculum, a significant portion of this workshop (approximately two hours) will be devoted to an overview of the Cued Speech system for American English, as well as hands-up practice of the system. Once participants are familiar with some of the theory behind using both ASL and CS to support literacy, and have a basic working knowledge of CAE, the presenters will share some possibilities for a bilingual curriculum, and work with participants to synthesize more possibilities.

  • Participants will become familiar with research regarding the effectiveness of both American Sign Language and Cued American English in fostering pre-literacy and early literacy skills in infants and children with hearing loss.
  • Participants will explore and practice the Cued Speech system for American English, known as Cued American English (CAE).
  • Participants will discuss and evaluate possibilities for the parallel use of American Sign Language and Cued American English in early intervention programs, perhaps synthesizing their own activities for the same.

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Amy Crumrine (), CueSign, Inc , AmyCrumrine72@gmail.com;
Amy Crumrine owns Crumrine Communications. Consulting with school districts across the country, she provides support, resources, and mentorship to deaf children and their families. Amy is a Cued Speech instructor online at Gallaudet University, a high school American Sign Language teacher, and has given multiple workshops and presentations about how CS and ASL work together. Amy is also founder and President of CueSign, Inc. A native cuer, Amy was told that CS and ASL did not go hand to hand. After immersing herself in the deaf community as a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology and earning a Master's in Deaf Education, she realized it was critical for deaf children to have both CS and ASL for access to literacy and healthy social/emotional development. She is passionate giving families and children opportunities to gain access to literacy and deaf culture. Find more about CueSign, Inc. at cuesign.org.


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Amy Fowler (), CueSign, Inc., Handjive76@gmail.com;
Amy Fowler is in her twenty-first year of practice as an American Sign Language-English interpreter. Additionally, she has been an NCSA-certified Cued Speech instructor for four years, and a working Cued Language Transliterator for three years. Amy graduated with a BGS from Wichita State University (Kansas) with a concentration in Sociology and minors in Psychology and Communication. Amy has designed and delivered over one hundred hours of training for ASL interpreters, and for those learning CAE at beginning, intermediate, or advanced levels. Her passion for helping families communicate leads Amy to volunteer or work at several camps that support family communication development every year. She is a board member of CueSign, Inc., an organization which promotes multilingualism through ASL and CS. When not doing any of the above, Amy is a published writer and blogger. You will find her work at www.amyeff.com.


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