Not all learning paths are paved with sounds. At Handcues, we're passionate about unlocking the potential of sound training for language learning. But we also understand that one size doesn't fit all, and what works for some learners might not be the best approach for others.

Today, we want to explore the case of Gestalt Language Processors (GLPs), a unique group of learners whose language acquisition journey takes a different route.

A different way of learning

GLPs, unlike many typical language learners, don't focus on individual sounds and their rules. Instead, they process language holistically, grasping meaning from whole chunks, often called "gestalts." Echolalia is a natural route for this kind of language development. These gestalts can be phrases, sentences, or even entire scripts they've heard before. While their speech may not always be easily understood by others, their comprehension and ability to communicate within their chosen gestalts can be impressive.

Why sounds may not be the right avenue

For GLPs, focusing on the level of individual sounds can be frustrating and counterproductive. It can break down their natural way of processing language, disassembling the meaningful gestalts they rely on and leaving them with fragments they struggle to connect. This can lead to anxiety, discouragement, and ultimately, hinder their progress in communicating effectively.

A more meaningful approach

For GLPs, the emphasis should be on communication and functional use of language, not on perfecting pronunciation or mastering individual sounds. Some alternative approaches that can be more beneficial include:

Beyond handcues

While Handcues offers, it's important to recognize that it's not a universal solution. For GLPs, seeking specialized learning methods that cater to their holistic processing style will yield the best results and foster a positive and empowering language learning experience.

Celebrating diversity

Embracing different learning paths and understanding the unique needs of GLP learners is crucial for creating a truly inclusive and accessible language learning landscape. By recognizing that "sound-first" approaches aren't always the answer, we can open doors to alternative tools and strategies that unlock the potential of every learner, regardless of their processing style.

We hope this blog post has shed some light on the diverse world of language learning and the importance of catering to individual needs. Remember, at Handcues, we value inclusivity and believe that every voice deserves to be heard. We encourage you to continue exploring and embracing the wonderful variety of ways people learn and communicate.

For new parents, witnessing your baby's first communication can be exhilarating. You can help your little one blossom into a confident communicator by incorporating hand cues.

Handcues are powerful tools for supporting your baby's early speech development. Simple handcues can be incorporated as playful interactions. It is a bit like using a hand gestures when speaking to add meaning and emphasis. Cuetime hand cues provide a natural, visual bridge between spoken language and physical movement, helping babies develop fine motor skills needed for making the sounds sounds and mimic their articulation. Babies learn a lot by watching the faces of their caregivers.

Think of hand cues as tiny flashcards for your baby's brain. Each cue represents a specific sound or word, and by incorporating them into interactions a few times per day, you're creating a multi-sensory learning experience that strengthens neural pathways and lays the foundation for clear and confident speech.

Here's how Cuetime hand cues may benefit your baby:

Ready to get started? Here are some key Cuetime hand cues to incorporate into your daily routine:

Remember, consistency is key. Use hand cues a few times every day, and your baby will associate them with specific sounds. Incorporate hand cues for sounds into songs, narrate a story and add a few cues here and there. Enjoy playful activities like peek-a-boo, all while incorporating the hand cues to get some giggles.

Beyond the specific cues, here are some additional tips for using hand cues effectively:

By using Cuetime hand cues, you're not just helping your baby learn to speak; you're building a strong foundation for communication, confidence, fine motor skills and lifelong learning. So, embrace the power of these tiny gestures, and watch your little one blossom into a confident and expressive communicator, one hand cue at a time!

Refine your stage presence with increased vocal freedom!

For performers, the voice is an instrument. Words are notes, inflections are melodies, and emotions become the rhythm that connects us to our audience. The more we tune our instrument, the better do the syllables, clear articulation, and strong vocal control create connection, enabling you to fully captivate your audience.

Handcues is not just as a speech therapy tool, but as enhances performance for singers, actors, comedians, public speakers, and anyone who relies on their vocal prowess. With very simple and quick daily practise, Handcues unlock a new level of articulation mastery, pushing your voice beyond learned scripts to a realm of more refined expression and stage presence.


But the benefits of Handcues go beyond the confines of scripts and scores. The skills you cultivate – precision, control, and expressiveness – become portable assets that enhance your communication in all aspects of life. Imagine:

Handcues is a journey of vocal self-discovery, a tool that unlocks the full potential of your voice. It's not just about mastering individual sounds; it's about developing your personal instrument, fine-tuning its every note, and expressing yourself with a level of clarity and power that takes your audience on an emotional ride.

So, performers, actors, singers, and all who rely on the magic of your voice, embrace the opportunity to refine your instrument. Take your confidence, your presence, and your performance to the next level with Handcues.

Because on stage, or in life, a voice that speaks clearly and resonates deeply is a force to be reckoned with. Let Handcues empower you to unleash your vocal magic and command the spotlight. Own the stage.

Your voice, and every voice in the Handcues community matters! In striving to learn and improve, your feedback is very valuable and also to share with others any successes that you achieved on your journey to clearer communication. There is no better guide than you, our amazing users!

That's why we're inviting you to share your valuable feedback about your Handcues experience! Your insights are instrumental in helping us refine what we do, address your needs, and ultimately, make the tool better able to make a real difference in your lives.

Whether you're a seasoned Handcues veteran or just starting out, your story matters. We want to hear:

To share your feedback, you can email it to

Remember, there are no right or wrong answers. Your honest feedback, both positive and constructive, is crucial in shaping the future of Handcues. By sharing your experiences, you're not just helping us, you're helping everyone in the Handcues community who wants to unlock their full communication potential.

So, don't hesitate to raise your voice! Your story matters, and it can make a world of difference. Together, let's refine Handcues to truly reflect the needs and aspirations of our users, empowering everyone to find their voice and communicate with confidence.

We eagerly await your insights! Thank you for being part of the Handcues journey.

Learning doesn't have to be a chore, especially when it comes to improving speech! While the Handcues poster supports practising sounds and building fluency, you can add some fun to the process. Turn sound articulation practice into playtime with these engaging games for all ages:

Get Guessing:

Memory Masters:

Collaborative Creativity:

Beyond the Posters:

Remember, the key is to have fun and keep things engaging. These are just a few ideas to get you started. Children are naturally good at coming up with games, so let them also make up some of the games. Some children may even take to exploring the sounds on their own. Feel free to adapt them, invent your own games on the go to suit different ages and abilities and ensure everyone has a blast while practicing their speech. Let your creativity shine! With a little imagination and the power of Handcues, speech practice can be a joyful adventure for everyone.

So, unleash your inner child, grab your Handcues posters, and get ready to play! Happy learning!

We all deserve the ability to express ourselves confidently, at a deeper level beyond speech therapy and using any work-around that might be needed.  A clear, confident voice that lets us sing our stories, whisper our dreams, and shout our joys with unwavering self-belief. But for many, this simple gift remains out of reach due to unclear articulation, elusive fluency or a very heavy accent.

It can be frustrating when words that are meant to be bridges, become obstacles.  When stumbling over syllables, when others do not comprehend - this can cause confidence to melt away, emotions can become dysregulated. A sense of isolation from connection can leaving us vulnerable to emotional turmoil.

This is where Handcues steps in, not just as a speech therapy tool, but as a tool for enhancing self-expression and emotional regulation. Through engaging exercises and personalized practice, Handcues empowers you to improve articulation and fluency and build bridges of communication.

The journey with Handcues is more than just improving sound articulation - it's a transformational experience. As you practice, you:

The benefits of mastering clear communication reach far beyond the realm of words. Studies have shown that improved pronunciation leads to:

Remember, we all deserve to be confident and find ways to make the most of our voices and abilities to communicate, even if it is not always verbal communication. So, take a deep breath, say "hello" to more confidence, and start your journey towards efficient communication and emotional well-being with Handcues and other communication tools.

Together, let's bridge the gap to self-expression, one empowered syllable at a time. We all have a right to be heard, and Handcues is here to help you unleash it. Confidence and emotional well-being are achievable regardless of speech limitations - by focusing on the journey of self-discovery and empowering oneself within one's communication abilities.

Ready to unlock your confident voice? Visit Handcues today and start your journey towards clear communication and emotional well-being.

Learning a new language is like composing a beautiful symphony. You master the intricate notes, learn the rhythm, and practice with dedication. When you tune your instrument, your audience can enjoy and appreciate the melody more.

Pronunciation is how you sound out letters (arphabet), syllables and words. One's pronunciation skills can be 'graded'. Articulation refers to pronunciation that leads to clarity and comprehensibility of speech.

This is precisely why mastering pronunciation is the secret sauce to fluency in English as a foreign language (EFL). It's not just about understanding grammar and vocabulary; it's about giving your words the articulation and pitch so they resonate with native speakers.

Here's why getting the articulation of sounds right is your ticket to English mastery:

  1. Clarity is King: Imagine ordering a "bean" instead of "beef" at a restaurant. Mispronouncing just one sound can lead to hilarious (or embarrassing) situations. Accurate pronunciation ensures your message is crystal clear, avoiding confusion and frustration.
  2. Confidence is Contagious: When you speak with clear articulation, you radiate confidence. Your fluency inspires others to listen intently and engage in deeper conversations. This confidence boost fuels your learning journey, making you eager to explore and express yourself.
  3. Comprehension is Key: Not only do you want others to understand you, but you also want to fully comprehend what they're saying. Mastering pronunciation allows you to decipher native speech accents and slang, opening doors to richer conversations and cultural understanding.
  4. Listening Becomes Learning: When you can identify and isolate individual sounds, you become a more active listener. You start to notice the nuances of pronunciation, which fuels your own practice and helps you refine your accent.
  5. Fluency Takes Flight: Once you conquer those tricky sounds, the words begin to flow effortlessly. You string sentences together with confidence, express yourself with ease, and finally feel the rhythm of the language in your tongue.

But mastering pronunciation isn't just about rote memorization. It's about understanding the mechanics of speech, the placement of your tongue, lips, and teeth. It's about mimicking the melody, listening closely to native speakers and practicing with dedication.

Luckily, you have some practise resources at our disposal:

Remember, the journey of improving articulation is a marathon, not a sprint. Be patient, celebrate your progress, and most importantly, have fun! Enjoy the music of language, embrace the melody of English, and watch your fluency soar to new heights.

So, dear EFL learners, pick up your instruments, tune your tongues, and prepare to compose the symphony of your fluent English. Remember, with dedication and the right tools, you can write your own masterpiece, one perfectly articulated word at a time.

I hope this blog post inspires you to embrace the power of pronunciation in your EFL journey! Let's make the world a multilingual melody, where everyone can express themselves with clarity and confidence!

Do you ever stumble over certain sounds in words, or wish you could express yourself with more clarity? Well, the secret to unlocking your articulation potential could lie in the fascinating realm of phonetics.

Now, don't be intimidated. Phonetics is simply the study of how sounds are produced and perceived in speech. And trust me, understanding these basic building blocks of language can be immensely powerful in improving your articulation skills.

Imagine learning a musical instrument. Would you just randomly press keys without understanding the fundamentals of notes and scales? Similarly, mastering the art of clear pronunciation requires some grasp of the "notes" that make up spoken language – phonetic sounds.

These sounds, known as phonemes, are the smallest units of speech that distinguish one word from another. In English, we have 45 of these, from the familiar “ah” in "cat" to the tricky “th” in "think." By mastering the formation and placement of these sounds, you unlock a whole new level of control over your articulation.

But why is this so important? Here are just a few reasons:

So, how can you harness the power of phonetics to improve your articulation? Here are some tips:

Remember, mastering phonetics is a journey, not a destination. Embrace the learning process, have fun, and celebrate your progress along the way. With a little dedication and the right tools, you can unlock the secrets of clear communication and confidently express your unique voice.

We all deserve a voice, clear and confident. Yet, for many, access to the valuable service of speech therapy remains a distant dream. Costly weekly sessions can feel like a mountain to climb, especially for families struggling to meet basic needs.

There is a great need for Free Speech Therapy Resources and is part of the solution. Let's work together to unlock unlock even more free, effective speech therapy, for those who can barely afford a meal.

Free speech therapy resources can supplement traditional therapy, and even accelerate progress without adding financial strain. Imagine a world where individuals can practice critical articulation skills, build vocabulary, and boost communication confidence - all at no cost.

Let's face it, traditional speech therapy is expensive. A single session can cost over R1000, putting it out of reach for many families already grappling with the realities of food insecurity. For those barely managing R30 a day, the thought of such a price tag is simply untenable. This financial barrier isolates these individuals and leaves them vulnerable to the challenges of unaddressed speech difficulties.

Let's envision free speech therapy resources designed by qualified speech therapists and tailored to various speech concerns. These resources can be accessed anytime, anywhere, on any device – turning homes and public libraries into mini-therapy centers.

The benefits are multifaceted:

Of course, free resources cannot replace the personalized guidance of a qualified therapist. However, they can play a crucial role in supplementing traditional therapy, making it more impactful and accessible.

Remember, even small steps can lead to giant leaps. Every word articulated with clarity, every sentence spoken with confidence, is a victory. Let's embrace the power of free speech therapy resources and work towards a world where everyone has the opportunity to unlock their full voice – regardless of their financial circumstances.

Together, we can make a difference. Let's turn the dream of affordable, accessible speech therapy into a reality, one voice at a time.

Practise with CueTime every day and share your experiences, or you can even contribute to expanding free speech therapy options!

The important thing is to get phonetic sound drills done daily for crisp and clear articulation. For some variety into your practise sessions - you can use the handcues videos on YouTube as another articulation practise method.

What are Handcues Videos?

In the videos, the Handcue cards come to life with a sequence of sounds to practise -guiding you through a quick practise session. These short clips are designed to:

What type of videos are available?

Handcues Videos cater to diverse learning styles and needs:

And the best part?

Handcues Videos are constantly expanding! New playlists and exercises are added regularly, ensuring you always have fresh, engaging content to keep your practice exciting and effective.

Ready to experience the power of Handcues Videos?

Head over to the Handcues website or YouTube channel and explore the growing library of videos. Choose a playlist that matches your needs, grab your favorite device, and get ready to take your articulation practice to the next level! Remember, consistency is key. By incorporating Handcues Videos into your daily routine, you'll be amazed at how quickly your pronunciation skills improve.

So, what are you waiting for? Dive into the world of Handcues videos and unlock the joy of clear, confident communication!