Friday 29/06/90 – “More!”

When Hughan had finished his tea this morning he said what sounded like “more!” Willem couldn’t believe his ears.

We all showed him this was great and Hughan was very pleased with himself when Willem produced more tea.

We went to play school in the morning. Hughan joined in with the children again today and he has started vocalising well with the other children. He is fitting in really well and enjoying play school.

(I started this website to help other patents with deaf children through our experience. Our son Hughan was born in 1988 and was diagnosed profoundly deaf at 14 months old. We kept a Diary, so his progress could be tracked between our lessons, as we were living in Gaborone in Botswana and traveled every 3 months to the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town.)

Thursday 28/06/90 – blowing

Hughan had a great time with Willem blowing out the flames on his lighter. He has started blowing well.

We visited friends in the afternoon.

(I started this website to help other patents with deaf children through our experience. Our son Hughan was born in 1988 and was diagnosed profoundly deaf at 14 months old. We kept a Diary, so his progress could be tracked between our lessons, as we were living in Gaborone in Botswana and traveled every 3 months to the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town.)

Wednesday 27/06/90 – Cars

Hughan and I went to play school again today. The play school have been given some little cars for the children. Hughan enjoyed playing with them

We went to the farm in the afternoon.

(I started this website to help other patents with deaf children through our experience. Our son Hughan was born in 1988 and was diagnosed profoundly deaf at 14 months old. We kept a Diary, so his progress could be tracked between our lessons, as we were living in Gaborone in Botswana and traveled every 3 months to the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town.)

Tuesday 26/06/90 – Hughan pushes the coffee table

Hughan helps push the coffee table into place and automatically sets off for his little chair, which is in the bedroom.

I find his best time of the day is straight after breakfast, he has the best attention then.

Today we played with puzzles and matching colours.

Jamie’s sports day. Hughan went in the young brothers race.

(I started this website to help other patents with deaf children through our experience. Our son Hughan was born in 1988 and was diagnosed profoundly deaf at 14 months old. We kept a Diary, so his progress could be tracked between our lessons, as we were living in Gaborone in Botswana and traveled every 3 months to the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town.)

Monday 25/06/90 – back to Mafeking

We spent most of the day on the road, taking Willem’s Mum (Granny Dawn) back to Mafeking.

(I started this website to help other patents with deaf children through our experience. Our son Hughan was born in 1988 and was diagnosed profoundly deaf at 14 months old. We kept a Diary, so his progress could be tracked between our lessons, as we were living in Gaborone in Botswana and traveled every 3 months to the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town.)

Saturday 23/06/09 – Baby Cousin

Over the weekend we went through to Mafeking to see Willem’s family. His sister has just had a baby, a little boy that they have called Shaun.

Hughan loved the baby, his cousin. Granny was also there from Zimbabwe, so Jamie was very excited to see her again.

Granny has a hearing problem so she feels very close to Hughan. We brought her back to Gaborone with us for the weekend.

(I started this website to help other patents with deaf children through our experience. Our son Hughan was born in 1988 and was diagnosed profoundly deaf at 14 months old. We kept a Diary, so his progress could be tracked between our lessons, as we were living in Gaborone in Botswana and traveled every 3 months to the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town.)

Friday 22/06/90 – Wanting to go to playschool

Play school again. Hughan makes such lovely noises in the car on our way to play school. Every morning he points to his schoolbag and pulls at the handle and talks away.

I know exactly what he wants, he wants to go to school.

His Play School Teacher mentioned today how she had noticed he is venturing off by himself. I always stay with him for the session.

(I started this website to help other patents with deaf children through our experience. Our son Hughan was born in 1988 and was diagnosed profoundly deaf at 14 months old. We kept a Diary, so his progress could be tracked between our lessons, as we were living in Gaborone in Botswana and traveled every 3 months to the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town.)

Thursday 21/06/90 – Coffee Table

I have started moving the coffee table, that is in the centre of the lounge, near the one large window in the lounge.

Hughan gets his little chair from the bedroom and puts it at the table. I sit on the carpet and face the light (window).

Our main topic today was the Lego.  We made a house, a car and played with the Lego playground set. Hughan is vocalising well.

(I started this website to help other patents with deaf children through our experience. Our son Hughan was born in 1988 and was diagnosed profoundly deaf at 14 months old. We kept a Diary, so his progress could be tracked between our lessons, as we were living in Gaborone in Botswana and traveled every 3 months to the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town.)

Wednesday 20/06/90 – Play school

Hughan and I went to play school. Hughan joins in well with the children and today was the first time that Hughan has been letting my hand go and doing things for himself.

He is also becoming more aware of the children talking, watching their faces etc..

We went to the farm in the afternoon.

(I started this website to help other patents with deaf children through our experience. Our son Hughan was born in 1988 and was diagnosed profoundly deaf at 14 months old. We kept a Diary, so his progress could be tracked between our lessons, as we were living in Gaborone in Botswana and traveled every 3 months to the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town.)

Tuesday 19/06/90 – Crumpled paper

Willem’s still working at home. Willem gave Hughan a piece of crumpled paper and held it near his face and told Hughan to put the rubbish in the dustbin.

Hughan walked off with the paper and went into the kitchen and through the paper away in the dustbin.

As you can imagine we were all very pleased with him. He thought this was great. He did this several times.

(I started this website to help other patents with deaf children through our experience. Our son Hughan was born in 1988 and was diagnosed profoundly deaf at 14 months old. We kept a Diary, so his progress could be tracked between our lessons, as we were living in Gaborone in Botswana and traveled every 3 months to the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town.)

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