Archive for November 2013

Friday 30/11/90 – 3rd Lesson in Cape Town

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DIARY NOTES – In 1990, 23 years ago today Hughan and I were attending our third lesson with Vanessa at the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town…

This is what Vanessa wrote in the Diary -

Activity : farm animals/ trees/ blocks

Aim : same as last lesson

“Up” (Pick me up). He says this is very nearly now.

“dow” – lovely interpretation (look in the window).

When giving commands: first give the language then when you’re finished speaking, do the action and then repeat the language:

1)      Speak

2)      Do the action

3)      Repeat language.

When saying a sentence, finish the whole sentence before you do the action.

“ba” (sheep)

“woo” (barking for the dog)

“Ayoyoyoyoyo”   “ uwewewe”

good your imitating the sound with your voice:

“Boom-boom- boom” wind shaking the bowl.

“woof – woof” for the dog – it’s good to bring in the animal noises. For auditory training remember to point to your ear and say “I can hear”, so that we are making him aware that we are listening.

We must go back to very intensive auditory training because it worries me that he isn’t responding to very loud noises – knocking, banging with blocks.

Please concentrate on auditory training – start with very loud noises – this weekend.

Hughan gets very excited and then when he’s excited he laughs constantly and I don’t think he can take much in when he’s constantly laughing loudly. At this stage however it is still important to follow his interest.

Thanks Sue. Enjoyed the weekend.

See you Monday

Vanessa

While we were in Cape Town, Hughan had a visit to the Ear Nose and Throat Specialist. Hughan thought he would be helpful!!! (picture – Hughan helping!)

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you)

Thursday 29/11/90 – 2nd Lesson in Cape Town

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DIARY NOTES – In 1990, 23 years ago today Hughan and I were attending our second lesson with Vanessa at the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town…

This is what Vanessa wrote in the Diary -

Activity : jelly

Aims :

1) auditory training

2) expect one word utterances

3) extend his receptive language with simple commands.

Lovely eye contact Sue: this worked nicely because you work both positioned so well. You sat opposite him, close to him and were on his eye level. You also held each object next to your face.

“Aa” : lovely interpretation      –“ take out the beater”, “the ice is cold”.

Your naming was much better today and you do this with your eye contact. Naming/labelling is so important as we want to build up his vocabulary.

Name an item – then paused and expect a response then you use that word in a short full sentence. Use more words on their own before you use the short sentence.

“Pour” (pause and expect) “pour the jelly”.

“Drink” ………………………….”drink the jelly”.

“Cold”……………………………”the ice is cold”.

“Hot”…………………………….” the cup is hot”.

We need to do more auditory training – please work on this and the emphasis on vocabulary.

Thanks for a lovely sticky session.

Vanessa

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you)

Wednesday 28/11/90 –1st Lesson in Cape Town

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DIARY NOTES – In 1990, 23 years ago today Hughan and I were attending our first lesson with Vanessa at the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town…

This is what Vanessa wrote in the Diary -

Activity – Balls

Sue you are giving him the language for everything eg. “Kick the ball, throw the ball, roll the ball”.

Hughan’s eye contact has improved. You get it successfully by wiggling your fingers. It would be even better if we could get it by responding to sound – in other words, I would like you to first try to –

a)      call him

b)      Clap hands/ click your fingers

c)       bang on something

d)      wiggle your fingers

We will also be working on auditory stimulation.

Well done! Your intonation has improved (I had stopped raising the tone of my voice at the end of a sentence), you don’t emphasise the last word so much anymore. Keep this up.

Hughan laughed a lot as he thoroughly enjoyed the session and therefore didn’t babbled much (only one near the end, when he was purpose the using sound to communicate. This was wonderful). I therefore need to observe this aspect more.

Lovely intonation of his gestures and vocalising. Your input is good.

His motor development has really improved a lot. He is walking much better and is a  lot more stable balance wise. The occupational therapist observed this session and was most impressed with his progress. His pencil grip is age appropriate.

Well Sue: welcome back to the fairest Cape. It is wonderful to see you and Hughan again. I always look forward to your visits as it is such a pleasure to work with such a talented’s, loving, patient, dedicated Mum. You have such an admirable positive attitude. Don’t ever lose it.

During our two weeks will be working on

a)      expectation of one word utterances

b)      extension of his receptive language

c)       refinement of his auditory skills

Thank you for all your constant hard work.

Vanessa

This is a picture of Vanessa and Hughan taken in 1990.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you)

Monday 26/11/90 – 4th Visit to Cape Town

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DIARY NOTES – In 1990, 23 years ago today Hughan and I travelled to Cape Town to the Carel du Toit Centre, for more lessons. This was our 4th trip back to the Centre. We were living in Gaborone in Botswana and travelled to Cape Town, as there were no Specialists where we lived. This was a speech only program we were following.

This is what I wrote in the diary -

I explained to Hughan we were going in the aeroplane and he’s seemed to know exactly what I was saying and going out to the airport he had a lot to say, babbling away.

We left home just after eight o’clock in the morning, after saying goodbye to Vil, who went to school.

We arrived in Cape Town at about 2.15 in the afternoon.

Hughan slept in the plane from Johannesburg to Cape Town and he seemed to know exactly where we were going.

Driving towards Tygerburg hospital Hughan said “home” to me.

As soon as we arrived we went up to the room and the first thing he did was play with the lights – which he always does when we arrive. While I unpacked he wondered about by himself with the other children.

As usual it’s is great to be back in our second home and looking forward to seeing you again and hope you can see an improvement in Hughan’s progress.

See you tomorrow

Sue

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you)

Friday 23/11/90 – Hughan is Using His Voice

DIARY NOTES – In 1990, 23 years ago today this is what I wrote in the diary.

I had a busy morning shopping. In the afternoon Vil had a friend to play and later his mother and brother came to have tea.

They all played very well. I made two tents for them to play in, in the lounge as we had more rain.

Hughan is using his voice well when playing with the others.

Over the weekend we went to Mafeking to see Willem’s sister and brother in law.

Their daughter Kelly, Vil and Hughan played with balloons – blowing them up and also had a great time in the sandpit.

On Sunday after getting home we went to the cricket club to go and the Father Christmas. Just about the whole of Gaborone was there and everyone was so excited. Vil got a blow up boat for the swimming pool and Hughan got a plastic tractor and a tube for swimming.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you)

Thursday 22/11/90 – Vil’s School Play

DIARY NOTES – In 1990, 23 years ago today this is what I wrote in the diary.

Vil had his school play, great excitement we all went to watch him. Hughan was very good and enjoyed watching the children.

After lunch we went to friends, fun was had by all as it rained. Hughan watched the children running in the rain and so excited to see the rain – such is living in Botswana!!

Hughan and I also spent time in the garden again today. He was watering individual plants which he enjoyed holding the hosepipe.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you)

Wednesday 21/11/90 – Gardening

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DIARY NOTES – In 1990, 23 years ago today this is what I wrote in the diary.

We didn’t go to play school today. Instead we did quite a bit of gardening. Our gardener is away until next week, so we watered the garden.

Hughan and I also had a little run around the garden. I said to him “run, run, run” and he tried saying it after me.

We swam in the afternoon.

Then we had tea and biscuits – Hughan with his little tea set.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you)

 

Tuesday 20/11/90 – Babbling More

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DIARY NOTES – In 1990, 23 years ago today this is what I wrote in the diary.

Hughan is fine today. This morning we played with all the noise making toys – something Hughan really enjoys.

In the afternoon we all had a swim.

Hughan is babbling more now and also saying words.

He produced a gun and tried saying “pow, pow” without any encouraging.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you)

Monday 19/11/90 – Swimming at Home

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DIARY NOTES – In 1990, 23 years ago today this is what I wrote in the diary.

Hughan and I went to play school. Hughan’s eye teeth are coming through, and he was not so happy today.

He had quite a long sleep at lunchtime and seemed much happier in the afternoon.

We all had a swim (picture – Willem swimming with Vil and Hughan at home in Gaborone).

I had been commissioned to paint a building in town, as a farewell gift, and while I was painting today Hughan got himself a colouring in book and crayon is and seated himself at his plastic table and started drawing.

He stands on his little chair to see on top of the tables (something Vil never did as a baby) – and Vil copies him – I often have to stop them.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you)

Sunday 18/11/90 – Visiting the Game Park

DIARY NOTES – In 1990, 23 years ago today this is what I wrote in the diary.

Over the weekend we took the boys to the game Park. We all enjoyed looking for the animals. Hughan babbles away and points into the bush – usually trying to tell us they have “all gone” and gets very excited when we see some animals.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you)