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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...

Wednesday 23/05/90 – Rabbit hunt
(2nd Lesson...2nd Visit to Carel du Toit Centre, Cape Town) Our next lesson with Vanessa involved playing with a toy[...]
Tuesday 22/05/90 – Our first lesson
(1st Lesson...2nd Visit to Carel du Toit Centre, Cape Town) Hughan and I had arrived in Cape Town. We were[...]
Saturday 18/05/90 – Cape Town
Hughan and I traveled to Cape Town and we arrived at lunchtime. It is a lovely feeling to be back.[...]
Friday 17/05/90 – Great memories
I traveled with Hughan to Johannesburg and I attended my friend’s funeral. Meeting up with my friends family and remembering[...]
Thursday 16/05/90 – Packing
I spent the day packing for our trip to go to South Africa. (I started this website to help other[...]
Tuesday 15/05/90 – a very sad day
A very close friend of mine died this morning and I have had a very bad day. Willem was in[...]

Fresh from our blog...

Like Winning the Lottery
Welcome to the new home page of Speech for Deaf Children. The website has just been updated from it’s first[...]
Relaunch of Hughan’s Diary – 30 Years On
Hi everyone, We’ve removed all of Hughan’s diary entries that we ran in 2013, written in the early nineties, because[...]
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