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Tuesday 30/04/91 – Writing to Vanessa while on Holiday

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town, knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone, so she could track Hughan’s progress.

Dear Vanessa

We are having a great time in England. My sister and family have left to go back to their home in Devon.

Hughan has become very independence. He won’t let me hold his hand when we go on walks or hold the reins on his harness. He insists that Willem helps him if he needs help. It is giving me a great break from always helping him and allowing Willem and Hughan to spend time together.

Willem is enjoying spending time with his boys. We have bought Vil a kite which Willem and him love flying. The walks that we go on are beautiful as the spring flowers are all just blooming.

On our walks Hughan is not having any support from us. Willem hold the reins on his harness in such a way that if he goes to fall he gives him support before he lands on his hands.

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Hughan is responding to sound better now but often has too many distractions. We have also got him a ball bouncer with the two handles that he can hold onto and bounce. He also roles onto it with his tummy.

With us walking in the country lanes and into the village, and we also get to use the playground facilities. Hughan has improved a lot with his balance. He has also started to run everywhere. We have a lot of steps that he likes going up and down by himself, but he still holds the rail for support.

Hughan is saying more and more all the time. He loves watching the ships – he calls them “ips”. We call the boats – “boats” and yachts – “yachts” and Hughan responds to the different names.

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We have been on a train and also in the taxi.

The boys are loving their holiday. We have not spent much time shopping which has been great. We have almost forgotten what they are!!

My Step Aunt has spent a lot of time with Hughan. Hughan brings her a newspaper and the page through it to find the cars. Hughan love watching her draw faces in the cars to look like people sitting inside. He says “rou an rou” for the wheels turning “round and round”.

The boys have loved being with Granny and Grampa. Hughan calls Grampa  - “Papa” and Granny – “Nana”.

When the boys have a bubble bath at night time, and we let the water out, we go and watch the water going outside in the sea. First we show Hughan the water in the bath, we run outside, watching the water when my Step Mum lets the water out. We watched the bubbles go out into the sea and foam on the water. Then when we go back inside the house we go and see the water has gone. Both the boys love this game.

We have had a lovely time with the folks and we have enjoyed each day (usually doing house chores and going on walks). We have had a lot of sunny days although the wind has been very cold.

I feel Hughan has benefited well from all of the walking, climbing, swinging, bouncing etc.

It was very sad as usual to say goodbye to everyone. We had a very good trip home. Hughan was a bit sick on the flight soon after we took off, but soon settles and slept all the way. Vil also slept well. Hughan slept across two seats and Vil slept on the floor.

On our return to Harare, we stopped over for two nights and then drove back to Gaborone.

We left at four o’clock in the morning and we were home by six thirty in the evening. A long day, but we stopped quite a few times on our way. Hughan did not sleep at all in the car.

When we got home the boys were on their bikes playing in the garden. Very pleased to be home!!

We collected the dogs from kennels on the 12th. We explained to Hughan where we were going and he knew exactly what we were saying. He remembered the road and there was great excitement when we saw the dogs. When we got back home we hardly saw the dogs or Vil and 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 10/04/91 – Visiting Family In UK

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Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town, knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone, so she could track Hughan’s progress.

We arrived at Heathrow airport at about 7am. We caught a connecting flight to Plymouth which arrived at about 11am and my Dad was there to meet us.

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It’s great to be with the folks in UK and the weather is quite good.

Since we arrived in UK we have all had a bit of hay fever.

Hughan is not responding to us as well as before we left home.

We are doing auditory training work with him and hopefully he improves.

We have been on long walks, boat rides and visits to the shops.

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My sister and her husband are also at my folks house with there daughters. They are seven and three years old so the children all played well.

We have bought a swing which is in the garage so we can swing Hughan any time – his balance seems to have improved a lot.

My folk’s house is situated at the entrance of a harbour and built into a cliff so we watch ships, boats and yachts going in and out all day.

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We also get to see jets flying low and helicopters.

Hughan has got four of the ‘Spot’ books and also one of ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’. We got him the Thomas torch and a toy train which he loves.
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On our walks we see sheep and cattle grazing in the fields.

The birds are also always flying about and all the spring flowers are out.

Hughan likes walking with Willem and will walk for miles.

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It is great being together as a family. Willem has spent a lot of time with the boys. Hughan is still trying to say new words all the time.

Take care. Thanks

Sue (will be returning home on 12 May)
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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 09/04/91 – Leaving For Our UK Holiday

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town, knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone, so she could track Hughan’s progress.

We travelled back to Harare. Packed and left for UK at 10am in the morning.

The boys slept all night on the plane. Vil slept on the floor in front of the seats and Hughan across two seats.

(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 08/04/91 – Riding A Motorbike

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town, knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone, so she could track Hughan’s progress.

We went to visit friends on a farm. The boys went off several times with Willem on the motorbike.

(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 :) )

 

Saturday 06/04/91 – Travelling To Harare From Gabarone

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town, knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone, so she could track Hughan’s progress.

We spent the day on the road to Harare. We left Gaborone at 4.15am early in the morning.

We had a lovely picnic lunch at a lay-by in Zimbabwe which had rocks for the boys to climb.133

The boys were very good on the road.

We arrived at Willem’s parent’s house in Harare at 4:30pm.

(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 05/04/91 – The kennels

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town, knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone, so she could track Hughan’s progress.

Hughan and I bathed the little dogs and dipped them for ticks and then took them out to the kennels (we were going on holiday to England, so we put our dogs in kennels while we were away).

I spent the rest of the day packing for our trip.

(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 04/04/91 – Birthday party

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town, knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone, so she could track Hughan’s progress.

I hired a ‘ball pond’ for Vil’s birthday party, so I went to pick it up.

It is a big square pond and it has 2,000 balls that you empty inside.

The children jump on the side and then jump into the balls. I put it up in the morning and let Hughan jump on it which he thought was great fun.

Vil’s party went very well and he had 12 friends. Hughan joined in well and played musical statues and musical bumps.

He danced and copied the others when the music stopped.

(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 03/04/91 – Going back to the farm

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town, knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone, so she could track Hughan’s progress.

Vil’s school closed today as the teachers were in a meeting. It is Vil’s birthday party tomorrow so we made his cake.

A friend also came to tea in the morning.

In the afternoon I took the boys to the farm as I was teaching the daughter horse riding, but we had to cancel the lesson as it had just rained hard and the weather did not look at all good.

So I took the boys to see the pigs, goats, sheep, cows, ducks, geese and chickens. The boys both held a piglet.

Hughan loves all the animals.

(Returning to the farm was a good opportunity to repeat all the language we had gone through previously, to reinforce the language and the sounds the animals make. The repetition of words about the farm and the animal’s, was encouraging Hughan to use his voice).

(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 02/04/91 – Trying Hard To Talk

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town, knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone, so she could track Hughan’s progress.

We had our sewing morning at the house with the rabbit.

Hughan is still saying a lot of words but not always clear. He is trying hard.

I am swinging Hughan for at least half an hour a day (to help his balance).

(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 :) )