See the Sound - Visual Phonics (STS VP) is a system of 52 unique hand cues and symbols that represent the sounds of English without the ambiguity of English orthography. Included are the sounds commonly referred to as vowels, consonants, diphthongs and digraphs. In English there is not a consistent one-to-one correspondence between the letters in a word and the sounds those letters supposedly represent.  Each student is taught a hand cue for each of the 46 sounds in English. Each hand cue is associated in some way with the production of the particular sound. The written symbol is a simplified picture of the hand cue. The Visual Phonics symbols make it very easy to teach the differences in sound and spelling. Because the sounds and written symbols are so perfectly consistent many readers internalize the standard spelling rules without being taught them directly. This speeds up their reading and improves comprehension.

This course is intended for Educational Interpreters, Interpreting students, and Deaf/HH Teachers.

Course Competencies

Upon completion of the See the Sound - Visual Phonics course participants will:

  • Have a working knowledge of the STS VP hand cues and written symbols
  • Understand the rationale and research behind STS VP
  • Apply and adapt STS VP to classroom materials and curriculum

Course Schedule

Friday, October 27, 2023   6:00pm - 10:00pm

Saturday, October 28, 2023  8:00am - 4:30pm

Course Fee - $199 (Includes Saturday lunch)

Meet our Presenter 

Melissa Carrie is a teacher for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing.  She began teaching in the suburbs of Chicago in 2003 and has been working as an itinerant Teacher for the Deaf since 2005 at CESA #4 in West Salem.  She began using See-the-Sound Visual Phonics in 2005, became a licensed trainer in 2010, and has been conducting workshops throughout the state of Wisconsin since then.  


RIDNTC is an approved RID CMP sponsor for continuing education activities. This Visual Phonics for Interpreting program is offered for 1.5 CEUs at the Little/No Content Knowledge Level. In order to get CEUs/college credit, the participants are required to do online assignment via Canvas after the workshop finishes.





Cancellation Policy

If for any reason you are unable to attend your scheduled course, please contact us prior to the start date of the course. This will ensure that we can provide a full refund of your course fees. If there are extenuating circumstances that prevented you from attending a course, please contact our office as soon as possible. If we do not receive any correspondence from you, you will be responsible for full payment of course fees.


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