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Wednesday 13/03/91 – A Friend’s Encouragement

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 went to visit the friends who told us about the Carel du Toit Centre, whose daughter is also profoundly deaf. She attended the centre when she was small.

We watched the video and Hughan was using quite a lot of words – “ta”, “or”(more), “ome”(come), “op”(open), “or”(pour).

My friend always takes a lot of interest in Hughan and his progress.

In the afternoon we went in the, to go and see Willem at work, which Hughan loves.

(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 12/03/91 – Joining in with friends

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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.

Sewing was at my house today. Hughan helped me bake a cake which as usual he enjoyed.

Our friends arrived and Hughan had two boys to play with. They all played very well. The other children talk to Hughan and he is babbling in reply with the odd words.

In the afternoon we went to our friends’ house for tea who have the rabbits. They fed the rabbits.

When we first arrived at the house I asked Hughan “where are the rabbit?” he responded and knew what I had said.

Later Hughan and I went to fetch Vil who had been at a birthday party. They had a jumping castle at the house and I took Hughan on it. I also stood at the side and he jumped holding my hands.

(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 11/03/91 – Drawing Around Hughan

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.

Today I decided to get a large piece of paper and draw around Hughan’s outline while he lay on the paper.

Then we gave the drawing eyes, nose, ears, mouth, hair, neck, arms, tummy etc.

When we had finished naming the parts we painted the picture.

I compared the parts of the body to Hughan and I. Then I gave the drawing a shirt, shorts and shoes. Hughan enjoyed the session.

We saw friends in the morning and while Vil was at his afternoon activities, we went to visit a friend.

We swam when we all got home.

(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 08/03/91 – Sending My Notes to Vanessa

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 recently returned from a trip to the Centre.

Dear Vanessa

This morning we played with the Duplo (Lego) house and family. Hughan and I made the lounge, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom and then played with the Duplo family in the house. We also used 2 Duplo cars – mummy’s car and daddy’s car.

Later in the morning I took he went to visit a friend and her son. Hughan used a lot of one word utterances while he was playing with his friend today.

We took Vil to cricket and as usual Hughan enjoyed the playground and his little friends.

Over the weekend the boys helped me make French fried toast again. We swam and also spent some time at the cricket club where Hughan love the play ground. I spent some time with him as it is a good opportunity for him to slide, swing, climb and go on the seesaw.

Vanessa, thanks for all the support you give us and the encouragement. We have watched the video tape and I can see now the big change in Hughan from our last visit.

Hughan is still settling in at home, he has been uninterested in cooperating with the auditory training, so I have given it a few days break. He wants to make the noise and I respond with the action.

He responded to a car hooting in the road today and looked to see who was there.

Take care. Thanks again

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 :) )

Thursday 07/03/91 – Playing With Aeroplanes

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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 started the day off talking about aeroplanes as Hughan brought me a toy aeroplane.

He told me the “ao p” (aeroplane) “on” (gone). He took me to the window and gestured it was gone. We carried on playing and talking about the aeroplanes.

I told Hughan that we were going out in Mummy’s car. We were going to the shops and Hughan would ride in a trolley. He got himself all organised with his shoes and knew exactly what was going on. He enjoyed the shops.

In the afternoon we had our afternoon tea group, it was at our house.

Hughan was very interested in the baby who was at tea. The baby is three months old. Hughan responded when the baby cried and wanted to comfort him. Hughan is joining in well with the others and he is using his voice 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 :) )

Wednesday 06/03/91 – Comparing Clothes

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s diary daily so Vanessa, in Cape Town, knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone.

I decided today we would dress an old doll of mine.

I got a vest for the doll and a vest of Hughan’s, also a shirt, socks, trousers, hat, jacket and a nappy. I had an article of Hughan’s for each item.

He loved dressing the doll and I also made a bed for it, he enjoyed the session.

We visited friends in the afternoon.

Since I have been home Hughan has carried on using words a lot more often. He keeps himself busy all day with his toys, bike and 10trolley with the blocks in which he loves to pretend is a lawnmower.

(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 05/03/91 – Playing with Rabbits and Cats

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s diary daily so Vanessa, in Cape Town, knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone.

It was our sewing morning and I took Hughan along to play with his little friends. The house where we went has to rabbits and the children fed them their carrots and pellets.

Hughan played very well and used his little words throughout the morning.

There was also a cat their, and Hughan said “meow” when he saw it.

The boys had a visit to the dentist and we went swimming at a friend’s house afterwards. Hughan is diving in and swimming to me now. He is nearly water safe!

(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 04/03/91 – Auditory Training

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s diary daily so Vanessa, in Cape Town, knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone.

We had our auditory training lesson – which Hughan enjoyed. After he had done it once, he wanted to make the noise.

I also made up that tray with 6 compartments and used string, material, pegs, buttons, tin tops and hair clips. Hughan put them all away into their own sections (please see 01/03/91 post for the information about the 6 compartments).

Hughan and I went to a birthday party 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 :) )

Sunday 03/03/91 – Arriving back in Gaborone

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

We had just returned home from a trip to The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town, where we were being taught how to work with Hughan. I was starting to write up Hughan’s diary again so Vanessa, in Cape Town, knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone. Hughan was 2 ½  years old.

Dear Vanessa

Thanks again for all the encouragement you give me on our trips with Hughan. I always get home feeling refreshed and ready to go. It is also a great feeling knowing we will soon be in Cape Town.

The boys were very excited to be home again. Hughan woke up on Saturday and spent the morning playing with all his toys.

Sunday –

Hughan, Vil and I cooked French fried toast together.

Breaking the eggs, taking it in turns to whip the eggs, pour the water, putting the bread in the mixture and frying it.

Hughan told me the oil was “o” for “hot” on the stove, and was very interested in watching it cook. He was using lots of words.

(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 01/03/91 – A great trip to Cape Town

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. We were at the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town where we had been attending lessons with Hughan, to teach him his lip-reading and communication skills.

Dear Sue

Time again to bid adieu – time is really flying—-it is already March. Before we know it, it will be July and your next visit – Yeah!

It has been a great two weeks. I’m going to miss our sessions; as I said yesterday I hate it when they end because it is such a pleasure working with you and observing how you work with Hughan.

I’m thrilled that you will be moving to the fairest Cape in January 1992. Till then and your next visit please continue all you’re doing in Gaborone.

Please concentrate on the following areas:

1. Auditory training: (DASL – pronounced Dazzle)

  • DASL: make a low loud noise/sound – bang on a tin/pan/table and Hughan must respond when he hears it. For example, put bottle tops into a tin/bucket etc. Auditory only = don’t let him see you making the sound.

This should be done daily for about 5 min,

Choose a time when his attention is at its best,

Record the results on the sheet I gave you,

Credit him with hearing the sound if he indicates in any way that he heard it.

(In other words if a bottle top fell onto the floor that he was going to put it in the bucket, still credit him. The type of response isn’t the thing – his reaction to the sound is!!!)

When you have 20 consecutive correct responses (five in a row for four days in a row) then do the next one.

  • Say “ba” with your mouth covered. He must respond to this. Choose any response he enjoys – perhaps clapping when he hears.

In other words – he not respond to a voice instead of the sound of a drum or a tin.

  • Continue reinforcing softer sounds, animal sounds and transport sounds.

2.       Naming and repetition

  • Name everything.
  • Do physical repetition, for example drop the fish a number of times, which consequently provides opportunity for verbal repetition because each time you repeat the language for what you are doing.

3.       Turn taking

Physical turn taking encourages physical repetition and thus verbal repetition. For example, Hughan blow the bubbles, mummy below the bubbles, Hughan below the bubbles etc.

4.       Receptive language

Keep extending his receptive language by giving those simple commands first without visual clues. Remember to prompt him – Command: “look under the chair”, Hughan doesn’t then prompt him by saying “where is the chair?” “There is the chair”, then repeat the command, “look under the chair” if he still doesn’t understand, then you can execute the command and repeat the language.

5.       Expressive language

Extend his expressive language – if he says “pull”, don’t just praise him and repeat “pull”. Extend it into a two word utterance or a short sentence, for example “pull the chair”.

  • up” : “pick me up”, “pick the car up
  • open” : “open the bowl”

6.       Don’t say “ta” anymore. Reinforce the word “give”. Keep modelling “give” – Hughan says “ta”, you say “give the knife please”.

When asking for things also use the word “give” – give mummy the car if he doesn’t respond you can use the natural gesture (out stretched hand).

7.       Make your new vocabulary books –

  • Family – mummy and daddy, Vil and people he knows.
  • Clothes
  • Body
  • Food

8.       Please continue completing your language columns at the back of the box (these columns were drawn up for us to write the date and any sounds and word utterances that Hughan had made, so we could keep track of his progress).

9.       Make a “sorting tray” – this is lovely for sorting (basic preparation for mathematics) and also for reinforcing the concept of “same”.

Ideas for the – Sorting Tray

  • 10 red bottle tops
  • 5 green buttons
  • 8 pieces of yellow material all the same size
  • 7 wine corks
  • 10 foam chips
  • 5 blue marbles

The items within one compartment must be identical – for example the buttons must be the same/colour/size as each other.

Tumble all the goodies out and Hughan most sort them out into the compartments in the tray.

Change the goodies once he gets to know them.

Also, this is a lovely opportunity to reinforce and model colours.

I guess that wraps things up except for the most important thing

Please keep in touch”.

Have a wonderful trip to England (we had planned our holiday) – Bon Voyage as they say.

Willem, lovely to see you again. Thank you for all the love and support you give Sue and for the work you do with Hughan.

You are such a special family. It is really enriching knowing you all.

Well guys – have a safe flight home to Gaborone.

Keep well and keep smiling.

Vanessa

Please notese – The notes that Vanessa wrote in the diary before we left Cape Town, were to encourage us to work with Hughan and to give us some new ideas of activities we could do when we got home. Also a reminder of work we had covered during our visit to the Centre.

(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 :) )