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.


(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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