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Thursday 01/08/91 – Sticking Pictures In Our Books

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 we stuck pictures into Hughan’s books.

I got the aeroplane magazine off the plane as it has lovely wildlife pictures in it, also cars, trucks, boats and aeroplanes etc.

I also bought Hughan the wild animal poster and the one of the pets.

As we cut animals out of the magazine we went through to Hughan’s bedroom and he was able to show me all the animals the same (the one we had cut out, with the one on the poster). He enjoyed this.

We also enjoyed gluing the pictures and sticking the pictures into his book.

As I was cutting the picture out I was saying ‘cut, cut, cut’ and without looking at me Hughan each time started saying the word without looking at me.

In the afternoon we went to our usual afternoon tea group. The children all had fun together. Vil is not too well. He is complaining of headaches.

(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 04/02/91 – Enjoying Making Books

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

(Hughan was 2 1/2 years old)

Hughan and I worked on his book today (see Making books). I put some water in the bath and put all his boats in the water then we got the boat pictures, so he was aware of a boat, and a boat going fast in the water.

He brought me his aeroplane when we stuck in the aeroplane pictures – to show me the same. He also stuck pictures of birds and butterflies in another book and we went into the garden to look for butterflies and birds.

Hughan is babbling well. We also watched his animal video and I paused on pictures to show him the animals in his book we have made.

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He also brought out a ball for us to play with.

I felt today we had a very interesting morning, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

My friend picked the boys up in the afternoon to go and play. Hughan was very happy to go off and leave me.

(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 :) )

Making Books with your child

MAKING BOOKS  -

This is a fantastic way of having fun with pictures that relate to your child’s everyday activities, places you visit, friends and family, pets etc.

Having the books available for your child to access and show you pictures from the book will help curb any frustration of not being able to express themselves.

Make the books as follows -

  • one book for one theme
  • stick one picture on a page
  • you can write the word underneath.

Here are some themes to start with –

a)      Body book – face, eyes, nose, mouth, teeth, ears, hair, neck, arms, leg, feet, hands etc.

b)      Animal book - cat, dog, bird, cow, horse, sheep, chicken, duck etc – lovely for auditory training.

c)       Clothes – shoes, socks, hat, shirt, shorts, vest, jumper etc.

d)      Food -  banana, bread, biscuits, eggs, milk, juice, cake etc – all the things he eats.

Then you can take each room in the house:

e)      Rooms in the House –  Bathroom – Bath, tap, towel, soap. Kitchen -  stove, fridge, table, chair, plate, Knife, fork, spoon etc. Bedroom – bed, blanket, pillow, cupboard, teddy etc.

Another lovely idea is an Action book e.g. run, jump, sleep, eat, kick the ball, read, swim etc.

More tips :

  • try find the biggest picture
  • look for a picture that is coloured rather than black and white
  • keep the books in a particular place so Hughan can become familiar with them so that he can have access to these books whenever he wants to read them
  • always use full sentences
  • don’t just name the picture e.g. “this is a dog” – discuss the picture i.e.” the dog is dirty”, “he has mud on his paws”, “where’s Hughan’s paws?” “ Hughan has got feet” etc.
  • making the books should be great fun!