Tuesday 23/07/91 – 5th Video – 4th Lesson in Cape Town

Helping parents with hearing impaired and speech delayed children.

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: sand play and animals

Aims: receptive language / extend / auditory training : animal noises

“Open your hand” – Sue asked Hughan to open his hand.


“Pour” extend the language : “pour the sand”.

Was it raining what? You can hear the rain beating down on the window and also on the video!

Sue you give language for all his actions – super! “The cow is in the sand”.

“No” (I don’t want to wait mummy).

“Where is the rabbit” Sue asked Hughan.

“Ba” (for Wait) Hughan said.

Nice timing. You talk first and then do the action. Which means you are getting optimal eye contact and giving intensive input.

He got very excited!

Sue asked “where is the duck?”

Hughan said “Wha – wha – wha” ( for quack, quack, quack).

He just loved feeling and digging in the sand.

Work on animal sound discrimination with your mouth covered. For example you have a cow (moo) versus a duck (quack quack quack). Put them on the table. You then cover your mouth (right up to your eyes) and make one of the sounds. He must then show which animal sound you made. He then has a turn and you must identify which animal it was.

Hughan had a fun time.

Thanks Sue. His receptive language is rarely come along nicely.

Keep up the lovely work.


(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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