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.


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 :) )

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