How to Talk to a Lipreader

What a great blog piece from my friend Michele.


By Michele Linder

I’m teaching my granddaughter how to talk to me… I’ve been doing it from the beginning, but now that she’s older, and getting ready to start school, I’m seeing the benefits of it more.

Yesterday she spoke to me from the backseat of the car, so naturally I looked at her in the rearview mirror. As she held up a flashlight that Pops had given her, she said “This flashlight turns ________.” 

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I saw her lips move, but just couldn’t get that last word, so my brain ran through the list of possibilities and nothing was right. I finally got it! GREEN. “This flashlight turns green.”

I then reminded her that she could give me more information, if I’m not getting it the first time, and that a better way might have been to say, “This flashlight turns the color green.”

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2 thoughts on “How to Talk to a Lipreader

  1. My grandma read lips. She said to look at her, enunciate all sounds of the word. Meaning OPEN YOUR MOUTH. She would have been 116 yr old now. Back then, they assumed one set of hearing aids should fix all problems. So the same thing when trying to teach a child to say words correctly, ENUNCIATE those sounds. Look in the mirror to see what muscles make what sounds. For the most part, if you SMILE, all the sounds come out correctly. So when SMILING at those you speak to, everyone can hear you as well as react to your smiling face!

    1. I have a hard time lip reading certain people. I know it really helps when people don’t always put their hands up to their mouths. Lots of people do that and makes it really difficult to fit the pieces in the puzzle.

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