Former professor opens home to teach parents of deaf children

Fred Berg is an Emeritus Professor at USU who believes very strongly that every deaf child should be given the opportunity to learn to speak and master spoken English. He also believes these children do not need to attend a school or class for deaf children. He maintains it can be done through the methods of Cued Speech and Precision Speech. Saturday, April 16, he will provide a slide show and exhibit at his home in Smithfield to describe the various methods of educating deaf children. He hopes parents of deaf children and their friends will be able to attend. “I have been a teacher of the deaf, a speech-language pathologist and also an educational audiologist. “Cued speech is a system where you use hand cues together with lip reading clues to enable a deaf child to fully recognize the sounds of speech, independent of hearing aids or cochlear implants. It’s been very effective in enabling children to start regular school at age six. No other method has had the same results.” Dr. Berg developed Precision Speech during his time in USU’s Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. “Precision speech is a speech development system that uses “electronic” visual speech patterns as well as hearing, lip reading, and tactile clues, a speech shaping target and recording form and numerous lessons to enable deaf children to learn to speak precisely.” Berg said once you develop the sounds of speech, working with the child, you shift over to transfer these sounds into words and sentences through lessons. He said he has materials for self-training parents of deaf children to do these kinds of things. “Parents will be able to come and see these different methods on the slide show and I can show them the advantages of these materials I have developed.” Berg said he will make the information and exhibit available at his home at 516 East Summit Creek Drive in Smithfield from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 16.

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