Archive for Cape Town – Carel du Toit

Tuesday 26/11/91 – 6th Video in Capetown

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 :) )

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 :) )

Vanessas’s Encouraging Letter – 08/04/91

Helping parents with hearing impaired and speech delayed children

23 years ago today Vanessa, at the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town, had received a copy of my notes from Hughan’s diary. I was writing up diary notes so Vanessa knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone, so she could track Hughan’s progress between our return visits to the Centre every 3 months.

Vanessa wrote me a letter with some fantastic advice and lots of encouraging words.

Parent Guidance

Carel du Toit Centre

8th May 1991

Dear Sue

What a lovely surprise receiving your letter today as I didn’t expect to hear from you till after you returned from your trip to England. I am sure you guys are all having a fantastic time and take lots of photos.

You did such fantastic reinforcement of the farm (post Wed 20/03/91): playing with the farm mat, visiting the farm, playing with the duplo and plastic animals and reading storybooks about the farm.

It is superb to do such repetition as you are utilising different mediums and exposing Hughan to many different experiences. I am so pleased he knows the animal sounds.

Does he give the cow, pig, sheep and horse without any clues when you ask for them? I thought it was a lovely idea to make him sort the farm and duplo animals out.

How is his sorting tray? Remember to change the contents for variation.

Super naming of his clothing and items and it is good that he is dressing himself. Remember to ask for a specific item (one at a time) eg. “Give me your shirt”; so that you are simultaneously working on receptive language.

I’m so glad that he’s constantly acquiring new words. Remember to note them in the three columns at the back of your diary.

I think what you are doing for the deaf school in Romotswa is very special. Did you manage to convince the roundtable to help raise funds for the library?

(In 2011 I found out that Round Table did go ahead with the funding of the project, which was estimated at the least 17,000 Pula – this was so wonderful to find out – Thank you Round Table).

By the time you receive this letter to you will be back in Gaborone. Remember to bring all the photos from your UK trip to show me.

Keep up the wonderful work and send my regards to Willem. As always hugs and kisses for Hughan and Vil.

Looking forward to your next letter.

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 :) )

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 :) )