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”


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!


(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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