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 :) )

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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 :) )

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Saturday 13/07/91 – Returning to Cape Town For More Lessons

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.

We were returning to the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town for more lessons with Vanessa. 

Hughan is not well. We had a visit to the doctor and more antibiotics.

We had lunch in Gaborone’s new lion park. Hughan was amazed with the Lions and stood with his mouth open when he saw them all.

He said ‘Lion’ quite clearly.

It’s our last day with Willem and we all enjoyed ourselves. We took a picnic lunch.

Returning to Cape Town…

We had a very good flight down. We left Gaborone at 3:30 in the afternoon and we got to Cape Town from Johannesburg at 815 in the evening.

The boys were very tired when we arrived at the residence. It is so nice to be back and Hughan said, as we approach the centre, ‘home!’.

We look forward to seeing you. Hope you have had a super holiday.

Hughan has been on antibiotics and not so well last week. Willem and I commented on how well he was responding to us, and how clear his words were.

Since Saturday his speech has not been as clear and he is very chesty.

Thanks

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 :) )

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Friday 12/07/91 – An Inspirational Visit

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. 

We went to visit my friend, whose daughter is profoundly deaf and she attended the Carel du Toit Centre years ago, in the morning. The daughter is going to university in America – Galadette.

It is the last time we shall see her as she leaves on 24 July.

Hughan had fun on her swings and pushed a trailer around the garden.

He also joined in with Vil and her son playing cricket.

We went to the cricket club in the afternoon.

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Thursday 11/07/91 – Blowing Bubbles

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. .

We blew bubbles and Thomas, the dog, was jumping up and biting them. Hughan thought this was great fun and was keen to blow more and more bubbles.

We had a visit to Vil’s school. I went to get Vil’s work for Cape Town. Hughan wanted to join in the class and looked for a chair to sit by Vil. When it was time to leave he was quite happy to say goodbye.

A friend came for tea with her five month old daughter and Hughan thought maybe she could play with him. My friend put her daughter in her bouncer seat so she could watch Hughan play with his garage.

Hughan opened the gates today when our friends were leaving, so we are going to have to lock the gate now.

In the afternoon we went to our usual play group for tea. The children decided it would be a great idea to make a mud puddle in the back garden.

It was only when we went to leave that we saw what had been going on and why we had not seen the children running about as usual. Hughan watched the fun. The big boys had been throwing mud at each other.

(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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Wednesday 10/07/91 – Painting A Bus

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. 

Today I cut out the aeroplane from inside the egg boxes we get. Hughan enjoyed playing with it when I had made it.

I went to Vil’s school to listen to the children read.

At dinner time I drew Hughan a bus, which he asked for. He says ‘bu’ for bus.

(This is a picture of Hughan painting the bus I drew for him)

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Tuesday 09/07/91 – A Jumping Castle

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. 

We went to see friends for tea. Hughan and his friend played with trucks, buses and tractors. They also played well together.

Our friends have a cat and Hughan was saying ‘at’ (for cat) and ‘meow’.

Vil was out for lunch.

Hughan and I went to a party in the afternoon. They had a jumping castle which Hughan enjoyed for three quarters of the time we were there.

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He joins in well with the others and copies them often, with what they are doing.

He decided to try climbing a tree today.

We went and fetched Vil at our friends house, again we went on the bumpy road and Hughan says ‘bum, bum, bum!’

While I get the boys dinner ready they love drawing pictures.

 

I ask Hughan ‘what should mummy draw?’ and tonight he said ‘uck’ (for truck) – so I drew him a truck.

He drew in the road. He put in the sun and he kept drawing while I was busy.

Vil also enjoys drawing.

(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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Monday 08/07/91 – Playing With Toy Aeroplanes

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 played with his aeroplanes, airport, cars and road mat.

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Hughan tries to say ‘helicopter’ and he is also trying to say ’up in the air’.

I went to candlewicking class and Hughan was very happy to stay at home. He went and opened the gate.

Vil had tennis in the afternoon.

(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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Sunday 07/07/91 – Willem Goes Motor Racing

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. 

Over the weekend we went to a dirt track car racing meeting.

Willem’s boss is racing a car. He came third in the first race.

Willem went with him in the next race and they rolled the car which smashed the windscreen and they landed upside down. Well this was not stopping them racing! They then used goggles and crash helmets (as there was no glass) and proceeded to win the next two races.

The noise at the track was loud. Hughan was very aware of the noise.

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Friday 05/07/91 – Lunch 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 (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

We had friends for lunch today. Hughan and I went to pick them up at school. Then we all went to pick Vil up at his school.

The children played well.

I dropped the children home and took Hughan to a party.

We could only stay a short time as Vil had to be at cricket at four o’clock.

(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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