Friday 22/02/91 – 2nd Lesson With Vanessa

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 : coloured water play

Aims : extended his receptive language, animal sounds, concept of “same”.

“Babababa”(Hughan said) – “put the dark in the water” – Sue, lovely interpretation of his babbling.

“Woo woo” – sounds for the dog – lovely.

Sue said to Hughan – “show me the dog’s eye? This is wonderful.

Lovely Sue you reacted immediately to the knocking over the microphone. He repeated the sound : “Ba-bae-bae”

Sue remember to let him finish babbling before you come in with your interpretation.

Lovely you pointed out a variety of sounds :

  • water dripping through the hole
  • clanging the tins together

Sue you maintain his attention well and get lovely eye contact. Keep this up. You can repeat a lot more. Especially when doing an action eg. “dropping the fish”, “drop the fish” – a number of times.

Thanks Sue – hope Sunday is a special day for you.


(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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