Thursday 25/07/91 – Our 5th lesson in Cape Town

Helping parents with hearing impaired and speech delayed children.

21 years ago today Vanessa wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. We were writing up Hughan’s diary so Vanessa, at the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town, knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone, Botswana.

Vanessa was teaching me to work with Hughan.

Activity : Cones

Aims : full sentences / imitate as a whole

Hughan cried “u” (monotone) because Sue wouldn’t put his boot on.

“Put my boot on” – you really have patience.

You let him scream and perform until he tried to imitate the sentence. This is tough.

When he’s not well, and today I really think he’s not well, perhaps you shouldn’t push him so.

Rather keep him interested and entertained. Work receptively rather than expressively. No one really likes to talk when they’re sick or feeling rather yucky.

“Opa” – open the drawer.

Thanks Sue


(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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