Archive for July 2014

Wednesday 31/07/91 – Making A Chocolate Cake

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 (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

 

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We made a chocolate cake today.

Lots of language and Hughan was repeating things I was saying to him.

Hughan enjoys working in the kitchen.

We put the cake in the oven. Took it out when it was ready and later iced it.

He is talking well today.

(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 30/07/91 – Enjoying Being Home

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 (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

Play group – sewing morning.

Hughan was very happy to see his little friends.

I am still winding down. It was so nice to be back home!!

We also went to the bank and to Willem’s office to see him. Hughan knows how to get there pointing to the roads.

(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 29/07/91 – Settling In At Home

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 (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

I took Hughan with me to take Vil to school.

I decided to do to my candlewicking class by myself and have the morning to do as I wish.

Hughan waved goodbye and was quite happy to stay with Agnes at home.

We took Vil to tennis in the afternoon.

Willem got back from Bulawayo at 4.15pm. The boys were so pleased to see him!

(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 28/07/91 – Back Home In 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 (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

Hughan and I had just come back home from another trip to see Vanessa at the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town. These were my ‘diary’ notes…

Dear Vanessa

Thank you very much for another two weeks of assistance.

I always get home feeling refreshed. Five months was too long a break – we missed you!

Cape Town to Johannesburg flight went fine. We left the Cape at 3.30pm and after arriving had an hour to get to the Gaborone flight. Arrived at the departure lounge in good time – to find out our flight was delayed half an hour.

I had time to get the boys dinner and went back to sit and wait again. Then they announced a further delay on the flight.

We arrived in Gaborone at 10 o’clock absolutely finished as you can imagine! Hughan did not sleep at all. The boys were very good considering how tired they were.

Willem went to Bulawayo (in Zimbabwe) by himself. Vil was very upset to find him gone when he woke up in the morning. So I decided we would go and play tennis. We were out playing tennis by 9.30 in the morning.

I was still very switched off and only to find I had locked my keys in my car when it was time to go home. Willem was now on his way to Bulawayo with the spare keys! I asked a friend to help and within half an hour he managed to open the car.

Vil, Hughan and I made pancakes twice over the weekend. Otherwise we sat and watched videos and the boys enjoyed playing in the garden on their bikes.

(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 26/07/91 – Encouragement and More Top Tips

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.

We had come to the end of our stay in Cape Town and Vanessa wrote in the diary, what she wanted me to concentrate on until our next return visit to the Centre –

Dearest Sue

What more can I say other than you are a fantastic Mother! You’re loving, dedicated, patient, understanding and on top of all this find time to organise wonderful projects like Ramotswa school library. You are such a special person, and you have a very special place in my heart.

Unfortunately it’s goodbye time again, but I’m counting the days to when you guys arrive in Cape Town to stay!

Until then – your next visit please keep working like a star at home.

I would like you to read my note dated 01/03/91 in the diary. All these aims still apply plus.

1)      Imitation as a whole – Don’t expect him to imitate a sentence word by word. Keep modelling it as a whole – for example “Open the door”. If he only says “open” then repeat “open the door” – emphasising “the door”.

2)      Extend the words he knows well, into 2 word combinations – short full sentences. For example – Open : Open the door / fridge / box.

3)      Teach him to WAIT re: he must wait till you’ve finished the sentence and then begin imitating / talking etc. He gets a bit impatient and starts after you’re uttered one word. This is not good as there is no ways he’s paying attention to the rest of the sentence.

Do as I did in the bathroom session. Wait – listen then say your say.

I hope he has a wonderful birthday.

I wish you guys a super journey home. My regards to Willem and please keep in touch. Don’t wait too long before you send those letters!

I’m missing you all already.

Thanks for everything.

Vanessa

While we were in Cape Town , Hughan had had several appointments with the  Cochlear Implant team.

We had to make the choice between the cochlear implant or a signing programme, as Hughan is unable to hear all the speech sounds to develop his language.

Hughan’s date for his cochlear implant had been discussed and we were going ahead with this.

For Hughan to benefit from having the implant, he was going to be attending the Carel du Toit School at the Centre, where he would benefit the most with the intensive training.

We would soon be moving to Cape Town, which was all very exciting.

(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 25/07/91 – Our 5th lesson in Cape Town

Helping parents with hearing impaired and speech delayed children.

21 years ago today Vanessa wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. We were 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, Botswana.

Vanessa was teaching me to work with Hughan.

Activity : Cones

Aims : full sentences / imitate as a whole

Hughan cried “u” (monotone) because Sue wouldn’t put his boot on.

“Put my boot on” – you really have patience.

You let him scream and perform until he tried to imitate the sentence. This is tough.

When he’s not well, and today I really think he’s not well, perhaps you shouldn’t push him so.

Rather keep him interested and entertained. Work receptively rather than expressively. No one really likes to talk when they’re sick or feeling rather yucky.

“Opa” – open the drawer.

Thanks Sue

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 23/07/91 – 5th Video – 4th Lesson in Cape Town

Helping parents with hearing impaired and speech delayed children.

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: sand play and animals

Aims: receptive language / extend / auditory training : animal noises

“Open your hand” – Sue asked Hughan to open his hand.

“Dig”

“Pour” extend the language : “pour the sand”.

Was it raining what? You can hear the rain beating down on the window and also on the video!

Sue you give language for all his actions – super! “The cow is in the sand”.

“No” (I don’t want to wait mummy).

“Where is the rabbit” Sue asked Hughan.

“Ba” (for Wait) Hughan said.

Nice timing. You talk first and then do the action. Which means you are getting optimal eye contact and giving intensive input.

He got very excited!

Sue asked “where is the duck?”

Hughan said “Wha – wha – wha” ( for quack, quack, quack).

He just loved feeling and digging in the sand.

Work on animal sound discrimination with your mouth covered. For example you have a cow (moo) versus a duck (quack quack quack). Put them on the table. You then cover your mouth (right up to your eyes) and make one of the sounds. He must then show which animal sound you made. He then has a turn and you must identify which animal it was.

Hughan had a fun time.

Thanks Sue. His receptive language is rarely come along nicely.

Keep up the lovely work.

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 :) )

Monday 22/07/91 – Our 3rd Lesson In 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 –

Activity: Make the small bed.

Aim: Same

Nice correlation of mattress. You showed him the mattress on the big bed. Good you do this for each item.

  • Mattress / sheet / duvet / pillow / blanket / soft.

Good you tried to give the commands without visual clues.

  • Look under the bed / pillow / blanket.
  • Look behind the curtain.

It is difficult to determine what he understands because he knows the hiding places but he gets there after you’ve asked.

“Give me the blanket”- much better as we now move on from “ta”.

You did lovely labelling of each item.

“O Mama” (for no mummy) Hughan said.

Lovely to point out that the duvet and small pillow had the same fabric and that the big bedspread and big pillow had the same fabric .

Big / small – lovely concept to reinforce .

He was rather quiet today – he didn’t talk much.

“Pi ee up” (for pick me up) Hughan said.

However, it was a lovely receptive session.

Thanks Sue. You always get such lovely cooperation.

He heard the tapping straight away and went to open the door.

Thanks for a lovely 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 :) )

Thursday 18/07/91 – Our 2nd lesson in 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 –

Activity: biscuit faces

Aims:  imitate as a whole / extend into 2 word sentences.

“Up”- “Put the bowl up”

“Pour” – “Pour the sugar”

“Eye”

Hughan understood –

“Where is the spoon?”

“Give the spoon to Vil”.

Bang – He banged with the spoon.

Biscuits – Sue, he made beautiful biscuit faces and he did the plaything himself – all in the correct place. This is wonderful.

What a lovely session and you had such lovely attention and co-operation.

He makes such lovely eye contact and his attention (sick and all) is honestly remarkable.

Vil love to be involved today.

The aware that when he starts vocalising before your finished talking, he is not really listening to all you are saying. Pause, say ‘wait’ so that he learns to wait until you have finished talking.

Thanks Sue. Have a great weekend!

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 17/07/91 –1st Lesson In 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 –

Our first lesson -

Activity: Tea set

Gosh, he is vocalising so much more and more words used more often! This is lovely.

“Pour”

“pour the or a” (for – pour the water) Hughan said to Vil.

“Open” said Hughan

Nice, you try to extend this to – “open the lid”.

When you want him to imitate – don’t break your sentence up. Give / me / the jug – say it as a whole sentence and expect it as such.

“More” said Vil – nice and clear.

“Hot,” Hughan said.

Instead of him saying “ta” now we can emphasise the name of the object.

For example – “cup” and then in a sentence “I want the cup” or “give me the cup”.

“rai-rai” Hughan said for round and round.

Lovely: you pointed out that the cup and saucer are the same colour. Reinforce the concept “the same” but pointing out things that are not the same, and then soon thereafter pointing out something that is the same.

Then the words he uses often and well into two word combinations.

For example – more – more water.

Thanks Sue and welcome back. It is lovely to see you guys again. I’m sorry you and isn’t feeling well and hope he’ll be well again soon. He cooperated well considering how he’s feeling.

Enjoy the afternoon.

Thanks

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 :) )