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Thursday 28/02/91 – 5th Lesson at Carel du Toit Centre

DIARY NOTES – In 1991, 23 years ago today this is what Vanessa wrote in the ‘Diary’.

23 years ago Vanessa wrote in Hughan’s diary during our 5th lesson at the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town. I was being taught to work with Hughan. Vanessa watched me work with Hughan from an observation room, correcting me while I played with him.

Activity: Wrapped and hidden animals.

Aims:

1.       Repetition (verbal and non-verbal).

2.       Extension of his utterances.

3.       Manipulate turn taking.

Hughan said “pu” for “pull”/ “op” for “open”/ “off”/ “moo”.

Lovely with the animals sounds.

  • duck – quack, quack
  • dog – woof, woof
  • cat – meow, meow
  • cow – moo

Nice carrying out of the instructions:

  • “put the duck in the bin”
  • “jump into the bin”

With turn taking you got lovely repetition of duck and what it did. For example – “the duck says quack, quack”, “walk the duck – the duck is walking”.

Extend! Extend! Etend! Don’t be too hasty in moving on to something new. Extend and repeat one thing as much as possible before moving on.

Fantastic – he reacted immediately to me saying “moo” and “woof, woof” over the microphone.

Lovely Hughan shock the paper and couldn’t hear anything, so he shook his head and vocalised, so as to say “I can’t hear”.

Good: you physically reinforced “standing” – “the horse is standing” – “mummy is standing”.

Superb you remembered not to resort to “ta”. You said “give the horse” and if he doesn’t grasp it you utilise the natural gesture = out reached hands and repeat the language.

Much better! You are waiting for him to finish talking before you interpret.

Sue thank you so much. Your sessions are such a pleasure to observe. I always thoroughly enjoyed them. You and Hughan have an 11/10 relationship – you’re a super mum and your constant hard work, dedication, love, patience and positive attitude are truly reaping buckets of fruit. Hughan is making wonderful progress.

Vanessa

(These very kind comments that Vanessa wrote in the diary were always so encouraging and helped me to keep focused and positive while I was working with Hughan).

(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 27/02/91 – Cape Town, 4th lesson

DIARY NOTES – In 1991, 23 years ago today this is what Vanessa wrote in the ‘Diary’.

23 years ago Vanessa, at the Carel du Toit Centre, wrote in Hughan’s diary during our 4th lesson in Cape Town. I was being taught how to work with Hughan.

Activity: Jelly

Aims: specific naming, repetition of actions and language, extension of repetitive language.

Hughan said “or” for “pour”- “Water, pour the water”, “pour the jelly”. His pronunciation improved with repetition.

Hughan also said “o” for “hot” – “the water is hot”.

Lovely at:

“Switching on the kettle” – Sue you used the word “tik”.

“Banging the spoon on the bottle” – You used the words “clang, clang”.

“More” – nicely extended, “more ice”, “more jelly”.

Utilise your turn taking, for example stirring and blowing. This forces non-verbal repetition and simultaneously creates opportunity for verbal repetition.

Remember to extend his one word utterances, for example – more jelly; pour the water. We always use a single word in a short sentence anyway.

Much better naming and repetition today, not to mention the words I heard for the first time, and so clearly to - wonderful.

Thank you

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 :) )

Tuesday 26/02/91 – A Visit to Dominican Grimley

DIARY NOTES – In 1991, 23 years ago today this is what I wrote in the ‘Diary’.

23 years ago today Willem and I had been advised to look at schooling in Cape Town, for our hearing impaired son, Hughan (Hughan was 2 ½ years old).

The Dominican Grimley this is a wonderful school for hearing impaired children in Cape Town.

Willem and I went with Hughan to visit the school. We were being encouraged to decide on what we were going to do to help Hughan in the future.

We were very impressed with the school and there were lots of extra facilities available for the children to help them with their growth and development with language and social skills.

The school also worked with a signing programme.

Hughan’s speech was not developing as quickly or as clearly as we had hoped, so the Carel du Toit Centre had recommended we visited the Dominican Grimley, as this may be an option for the future with Hughan’s schooling.

(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 25/02/91 – 4th Video – 3rd lesson Cape Town

23 years ago today, Hughan and I were back in Cape Town, and Vanessa at the Carel du Toit Centre was doing a video recording of me working with Hughan.

Vanessa was correcting me during the session ( Hughan is 2  1/2 years old). These recordings were done during each return visit to the centre, every 3 months. We could then watch them at home in Gaborone, Botswana as a reminder of what we should be doing. I was being taught how to work with Hughan.

DIARY NOTES – In 1991, 23 years ago today this is what Vanessa at the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town wrote in the ‘Diary’.

23 years ago today, Hughan and I were back in Cape Town, and Vanessa was writing in our diary.

I was being taught how to work with Hughan –

Activity : blowing activities

Aim : specific naming, repetition of actions and language, extension of repetitive language.

Good Sue, your waiting for his eye contact before you give him the language.

Lovely pausing and expectation of verbal response for the word “blow”.

What I really love is the way you praise him. It is such motivation for him to try again.

“Ta” – when saying “ta” don’t use your hand straight away. First give him the command without the natural gesture and then if he doesn’t respond, come in with the natural gesture.

When he shakes the empty matchbox, instead of saying “there are no matches” rather interpret on an auditory level – in other words “I can’t hear”.

You said “hot” then Hughan said “ho” (hot) plus he put his hand over the flame and then quickly pulled it away.

You said “blow” (the candle)

Sue you get much wonderful eye contact and attention that you can really pause and expect nicely.

Command: “give mummy the match”. Lovely! When he didn’t respond you resorted to “ta”. Don’t change, keep the same vocabulary, ie. keep reinforcing “give” when he doesn’t understand you rather use the natural gesture (out stretched hand) then saying “ta”.

Hughan said “ie” as in (lie) – nicely interpreted Sue: “light the candle”.

He responded to “way the smoke” twice, this was lovely. Still difficult to determine whether he really understands or is he remembered the sequence we had been repeating with the candle.

Hughan said “ie” for “light”, note the same sound as before when he pointed to the candle and you interpreted light the candle, in other words “light” – fantastic!

Lovely modelling of number: “Mummy has 2 candles”.

Concept of big and small = lovely concept.

Command: “put the matches in the box”. No response and he went on to lighting the match. Once giving a command follow it through so that you reinforce the language.

“ba” (mind) when he want you to leave something alone.

Reacted to his name when I was knocking on the window – localised J

“bo – bo” of when popping the bubbles with his fingers – in other words “pop” which Sue had been modelling.

Sue this was a fantastic session I thoroughly enjoyed it and so did Hughan.

Willem welcome once again to Cape Town. Thanks for all the loving support you give Sue.

Enjoy the visit to the Dominicon Grimley (a school for hearing impaired children in Cape Town) tomorrow.

See you on Wednesday.

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 :) )

Friday 22/02/91 – 2nd Lesson With Vanessa

DIARY NOTES – In 1991, 23 years ago today this is what Vanessa at the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town wrote in the ‘Diary’.

23 years ago today, Hughan and I were back in Cape Town, and Vanessa was writing in our diary.

I was being taught how to work with Hughan –

Activity : coloured water play

Aims : extended his receptive language, animal sounds, concept of “same”.

“Babababa”(Hughan said) – “put the dark in the water” – Sue, lovely interpretation of his babbling.

“Woo woo” – sounds for the dog – lovely.

Sue said to Hughan – “show me the dog’s eye? This is wonderful.

Lovely Sue you reacted immediately to the knocking over the microphone. He repeated the sound : “Ba-bae-bae”

Sue remember to let him finish babbling before you come in with your interpretation.

Lovely you pointed out a variety of sounds :

  • water dripping through the hole
  • clanging the tins together

Sue you maintain his attention well and get lovely eye contact. Keep this up. You can repeat a lot more. Especially when doing an action eg. “dropping the fish”, “drop the fish” – a number of times.

Thanks Sue – hope Sunday is a special day for you.

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 20/02/91 – 1st Lesson Cape Town

DIARY NOTES – In 1991, 23 years ago today this is what Vanessa at the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town wrote in the ‘Diary’.

23 years ago today, Hughan and I were back in Cape Town, and Vanessa was writing in our diary.

I was being taught how to work with Hughan –

Hughan and I had flown to Cape Town from Gaborone, via Johannesburg. We were back at the Carel du Toit Centre where we were being taught how to encourage Hughan to use his voice to communicate with us.

This was a speech orientated programme which did not include signing.

Vanessa was very excited to see Hughan and I again. Hughan was very happy to be back at the centre.

During our classes I worked with Hughan and Vanessa observed us from another room, correcting me as I played with Hughan over a loudspeaker system.

Activity : car hunt

You gave lovely commands without clues.

“Put the truck in the box”, “look under the bed”, “look behind the curtain”, “pull the blanket” – you are also NOT gesturing. When he doesn’t understand what you have said you execute the command.

Lovely, you pointed out that the green Kombi and his shoes were the same colour. This is a super concept to reinforce.

Here’s auditory response generally is much better. He responded to –

  • his name
  • knocking on the door
  • knocking over the microphone (he thought it was the door)

When giving a command and he doesn’t understand, before you do the command prompt him

eg. “Look behind the curtain”, “where is the curtain?”, “there is the curtain” – then repeat the command – “ look behind the curtain” and if he is still does not respond then you do the command.

Super, you pointed out a big car and a small car. A big wheel and a small wheel.

This would make a lovely theme for the book: big and small pictures.

I love the way he hid the cars – showed and said “gone” and then finds it again with much glee.

Well done Sue! You’re using sound to get his attention and you’re not touching him.

Hunts - are a lovely opportunity to extend and reinforce receptive language. Play these games at home in the bedroom, lounge etc. You can hide anything – animals, sweets, toys etc.

Try and hide the same things eg: rabbits, blocks, dogs, books etc, so it is one concept and you can compare the items – like you compared the cars today – big, small, sounds, wheels etc.

Thanks Sue, this was super. He is responding lots, especially his auditory awareness. His attention is a lot better.

Welcome back, it is WONDERFUL to see you again. Birthday and all this is really going to be a special visit.

Enjoy the afternoon

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 :) )

Friday 15/02/91 – Getting Ready For Cape Town

DIARY NOTES – In 1991, 23 years ago today Hughan and I were returning to Cape Town for more lessons with Vanessa, at Parent Guidence at the Carel du Toit Centre. This is what I wrote in the ‘Diary’.

(Hughan was 2 1/2 years old)

I spent the morning changing plans for Cape Town. The boys went to the cricket club as it was Vil’s lesson.

Hughan gets very excited going down the bumpy dirt road that goes through the bush to the cricket club. He spends most of his time in the playground and he has also got some friends he plays with.

Over the weekend Hughan burnt his hand on a barbecue. He had been telling us all night it was “hot” and we had finished cooking about half an hour before it happened. We did not see what happened!

It’s great being back in Cape Town at the centre. I told Hughan before we left that we were going to see Vanessa, and I showed him the photo of you (picture of Hughan with Vanessa).

He seemed to know exactly what I was on about. We are looking forward to seeing you again and getting more inspiration.

Thanks

Sue

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(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 14/02/91 – Birthday Celebrations

DIARY NOTES – In 1991, 23 years ago today this is what I wrote in the ‘Diary’.

(Hughan was 2 1/2 years old)

Willem’s birthday! Vil and Hughan had made birthday cards for Willem.

We sang happy birthday and great excitement as Willem unwrapped his presents.

I had made Willem a casual shirt and Hughan had watched me cut it out, sew it up and then see Daddy wear it.

We went shopping in the morning and a birthday party in the afternoon. Hughan got very excited with the candles on the birthday cake.

(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 13/02/91 – Asking For His Lesson

DIARY NOTES – In 1991, 23 years ago today this is what I wrote in the ‘Diary’.

(Hughan was 2 1/2 years old)

First thing this morning Hughan was sitting in his room on the carpet reading his books (see Making books) that we have made together. I sat and joined him and gave him the language for each page. We finished looking at the first book and he handed me another. We went through three books together.

After Vil and Willem had left, Hughan came and fetched me and took me into the lounge, he wanted the coffee table moving for his morning lesson (the coffee table that we push in front of the window – I sit on the carpet facing the window, so Hughan could see my face).

We played with all the noise making toys. We had a very full morning and Hughan was saying words and babbling well.

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(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 12/02/91 – Unwrapping Toys

DIARY NOTES – In 1991, 23 years ago today this is what I wrote in the ‘Diary’.

(Hughan was 2 1/2 years old)

Today I wrapped up some toys and put them into a zip bag.

Hughan enjoyed unzipping the bag and then zipping it up each time, and taking out, shaking and unwrapping the toys. He was kept busy for about an hour – we had a good session.

(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 :) )