A Lipspeaker is a hearing person trained to repeat a speaker’s message to lipreaders accurately, without using their voice. They produce the shape of words, the flow, rhythm and phrasing of natural speech and repeat the stress as used by the speaker.
The Lipspeaker also uses facial expression, natural gesture and fingerspelling and Sign Supported English (if requested) to aid the lipreader’s understanding. A Lipspeaker may be asked to use their voice, thus enabling the lipreader to benefit from any residual hearing.
Lipspeakers are mainly used by deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people who use lipreading as their first means of communication with other people. These lipreaders generally have good English skills and a preference to access communication via lipreading. A hearing person may use a Lipspeaker to communicate with deaf people within a wide range of situations, such as:
Should you want to know more about Lipspeaking and Lipspeakers and how we can assist with communication, do get in touch with us.
All of the Lipspeakers we work with are registered with the National register for Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Disabled people (NRCPD). Most are also members of the Visual Language Professionals (VLP), The Association of Lipspeakers, The Association of Lipspeakers with Additional sign or other professional associations.
All of our lipspeaker have:
Enhance DBS (formally CRB) checks
Personal Indemnity Insurance
Public Liability Insurance
Actively seek and attend appropriate training
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