Thursday 28/03/91 – Dressing Himself

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 dressed himself again this morning. I sit by his draws and ask him for the items of clothes and get him to repeat them after me.

He is trying hard to say nappy, vest, shorts, trousers, shirt, socks, shoes and jersey. I give a bit of assistance while he is dressing.

Today we went to the butcher, Corner shop, a toy shop and Woolworths. Hughan was very good. I used a harness on him for the first time and he was very good. We held hands most of the time.

Later Vil went to a party and Hughan and I went to our usual tea group. There were two puppies, two big dogs and a cat. Hughan also played and joined in well with the children.

He dressed himself again after bath time and he got a star were going to the toilet.

(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 27/03/91 – Ramotswa Deaf School

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.

My friend and her daughter, who has attended the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town, Hughan and I went to the deaf School in Ramotswa to take some more toys.

Also I have asked the roundtable charity organisation to help fund a library at the school. So we went the staff and meet the new children at the school.

In the afternoon we went to watch Vil swim at school.

Hughan dressed himself for bed tonight and was very pleased with himself.

(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 26/03/91 – Staying With Friends

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 a lovely morning at my friends house who has the rabbits. It was our sewing morning and Hughan had two other boys to play with. Hughan said a lot during his play.

My friends wanted to have Vil and Hughan in the afternoon. Hughan did not miss me and played well.

(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 25/03/91 – Blowing Exercises

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 did the candles, bubbles and water blowing session that we did with you in Cape Town. Hughan enjoyed every moment.

He is trying to copy me talking and does very well.

(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 22/03/91 – A Friend’s 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.

We went to a birthday party today. Hughan loves giving his present and joins in with the others throughout the afternoon. He enjoys watching the candles being blown out.

We all went to the cricket club for Vil’s cricket.

(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 21/03/91 – A New Born Baby

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.

This morning I picked up a friend and her little boy, who is hearing impaired, for tea. When we got home to the house Hughan went and got the baskets with all the noise making toys in it.

We had a very good session with the boys.

In the afternoon we went to our play group. A friend of mine was breastfeeding her baby.

Hughan was very interested in the goings-on!

Hughan played well with the others and is trying hard to communicate.

Our bedtime story was about a new born baby. The book was given to Vil by a friend of mine, before Hughan was born.

The book is about the mummy going to the hospital, coming home, mummy feeding the baby and the family.

Hughan showed great interest.

(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 20/03/91 – The Farm Yard

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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.

Hughan has a farm mat which shows the lay out of a farm.

There is a farm house, stables, a bridge, a river, fields and fences on the mat.

I got all the animals that Vil took to the farm yesterday and we played “farmer”.

We had all the different animals grouped in separate parts of the mat. We named the animals and made the sounds.

Hughan tried to repeat each one after me. He knows all the sounds that they make without my help.

Then I got the storybook that I read to him last night and on each page we saw different animals.

I asked Hughan for the same animals and he was able to give me the animals that we saw for each page ie. the pigs on the page of the book – he would give me a pig from the animals.

I also used the Duplo animals mixed in with the farm animals. When we were finished playing I asked Hughan to put the plastic animals in the plastic bag and the Duplo animals in with the other Duplo. He thought this was fun.

(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 :) )

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Tuesday 19/03/91 – On 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.

We had our sewing group morning. As usual the children played well.

In the afternoon we went to the farm. I gave Vil all the plastic animals and told him he was going to give Hughan a lesson today.

For each one he was to put the animal next to his face. Make eye contact with Hughan. Name and show him that the plastic animal and the farm animal were the same and give him the animal noise.

Vil was very good. We visited the pigs, ducks, chickens, geese, cows, goats, sheep and the horses. Vil was very pleased with himself.

I read Hughan our book called “On the Farm” at bedtime. He enjoyed the pictures and responded well.

(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 18/03/91 – Responding Well

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.

This morning Hughan was sitting playing with his Duplo (Lego) in the lounge. I went to join him.

I asked him for several things and he looked for each and showed great excitement and then gave them to me.

The cow, the sheep, pig, horse, aeroplane (he has a big one and a small one) and a car.

For each one he made actions and the sound. We built and had great fun.

(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 15/03/91 – Bathing The Dogs

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 cut Hughan’s hair, and when we had finished we bathed the dogs – Hughan was a great help.

Vil went to visit a friend so I took Hughan shopping. He loves the trolley!

(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 :) )