Getting Started

Deaf Connections is proud to present Read-My-Lips, an on-line lipreading programme created by a specialised team of Professionals to help users learn the basics of lipreading. This knowledge will enable users to self-manage communication difficulties associated with hearing loss.

Read-My-Lips  Lipreading Programme  will help users learn to recognise visible consonants , known as Speech Movements , and the way to use context and previous knowledge of the topic to help fill the gaps in conversation.

Each lesson is built round a particular Speech Movement , the Speech movement will be explained  and practised. Additional material will be available to practise recognising the Speech Movement and lipreading the content of the material in different contexts. The user will learn to optimise previous knowledge of the topic to help fill the gaps, by following a train of thought, by putting two and two together, to make sense of what’s being said.

When the presenter delivers a piece of prose, they will follow a voicing pattern.

The title will be read first using voice followed by captions on the screen, the user can listen with any residual hearing and confirm by reading the caption, this will set the topic. The user will begin to think about the topic and the knowledge they know about that topic.

Each sentence will thereafter follow the same pattern.

Without voice: This will give the user an opportunity to lipread the sentence

With voice with captiojn to follow:  This will give the user an opportunity to listen, then    confirm what they have lipread and heard

The above will be repeated once more for more practice. 

Although speech perception is considered to be an auditory skill, it is intrinsically multimodal, since producing speech requires the speaker to make movements of the lips, teeth and tongue which are often visible in face-to-face communication. Information from the lips and face supports aural comprehension [2] and most fluent listeners of a language are sensitive to seen speech actions (see McGurk effect). The extent to which people make use of seen speech actions varies with the visibility of the speech action and the knowledge and skill of the perceiver.