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Helping parents with deaf children.


8 'Top Tips' for working with your deaf child (free to access).

Here's access our TOP TIPS for you to start working with your deaf child today. These TOP TIPS are the 'secret' to our success.

When I turned 50, I wanted to write down what I had done to help our profoundly deaf son, Hughan, with his lip-reading and communication skills, in case another member of our family has a deaf child in the future. When I started reading our 'Diary' notes, I realized there was a lot of information there, that I could share with others, to help them through our experience.

Hughan's Diary is currently in its 30th anniversary and we've started publishing from the beginning in 2019 and you can see the latest posts below.

30 years ago, in 1990 by implementing these TOP TIPS​​​​ into our daily lives, and with consistent, persistent effort over a long period of time and never giving up, have proved to be life changing for our son. 

In 1989 we became aware he couldn't hear us when he was 9 months old. It took 5 agonizing months to get him diagnosed profoundly deaf. One Specialist even told us he wouldn't benefit from hearing aids. Today, Hughan is in 30's and has achieved so much with his hearing and speech, that he can even hold a conversation on a phone. He has had the confidence to leave home in England, marry his lovely wife Emma (who is also profoundly deaf and uses cochlear implants to hear) and live in New Zealand. 


Follow Hughan's Diary 30 Years On...

Saturday 21/07/90 – Hughan’s progress
In 1990, Hughan was one year eleven months old. We had started the program at the Carel du Toit Centre[...]
Saturday 21/07/90-Sponsored walk
Dear Vanessa I hope you got my last letter ok!  Time flies, and it won't be long until we will[...]
Friday 20/07/90 – a Toyota van
I spent the morning going backwards and forwards to the farm collecting manure for our garden. I had the use[...]
Thursday 19/07/90 – Making sounds
We played with the toys that make sounds, squeaking toys, drums, the trumpet, wooden spoons, the toy telephone that has[...]
Wednesday 18/07/90 – Matching colours
Play school in the morning. Hughan enjoyed matching colours. We went to the farm in the afternoon. (I started this[...]
Tuesday 17/07/90 – A holiday
Willem is still at home and we had a day together. (I started this website to help other patents with[...]

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