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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 :) )

31/03/91 – Swinging to Help With Balance

81Diary 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.

Over the Easter weekend Vil and Hughan played a lot on the swings. I have been swinging Hughan each day since we got back from Cape Town and Hughan’s balance seems to be improving. We had a quiet weekend as Willem was working, getting up to date at work as we leave for Harare on Saturday 6th and UK on the 9th April.

We made pancakes together for one of our lessons which the boys both enjoyed. They liked watching me flip them. We took it in turns eating the pancakes as they were made (Willem lost out!!)

We did a lot of cooking together and the boys also helped laying table.

For Easter the boys had two Easter rabbits, one big and one small and an Easter egg. They were hidden under their beds, behind the curtain and in the dressing table.

(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 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 :) )