Wednesday 03/04/91 – Going back to the farm

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was 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, so she could track Hughan’s progress.

Vil’s school closed today as the teachers were in a meeting. It is Vil’s birthday party tomorrow so we made his cake.

A friend also came to tea in the morning.

In the afternoon I took the boys to the farm as I was teaching the daughter horse riding, but we had to cancel the lesson as it had just rained hard and the weather did not look at all good.

So I took the boys to see the pigs, goats, sheep, cows, ducks, geese and chickens. The boys both held a piglet.

Hughan loves all the animals.

(Returning to the farm was a good opportunity to repeat all the language we had gone through previously, to reinforce the language and the sounds the animals make. The repetition of words about the farm and the animal’s, was encouraging Hughan to use his voice).

(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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