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Monday 18/06/90 – a bomb in Gaborone

A bomb went off in the night at Kalahari Ford (the Ford motor dealership in Gaborone), where Willem works. Destroying a car completely and blowing the roof off the showroom, shattering windows – also windows on the buildings across the road.

Willem had to dismiss staff and come home to work, while the building was being rebuilt.  Unbelievable damage was done, with police and all sorts asking questions and trying to work out who might have the incentive to do such a thing.

(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.)

Sunday 17/06/90 – Father’s Day

Willem was very impressed with his present from Hughan. I got Jamie to draw a picture on his card, which he also wrote inside of. He gave his Dad some biltong (dried cured meat).

Willem made a fuss of them both. The boys felt very proud of their gifts. Hughan was very pleased with himself.  He blew the candles out after dinner.

(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 16/06/90 – dog show

I took the boys to the dog show. Hughan enjoyed every moment.

We took Tina, our dog, with us so they could join in.

(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 15/06/90 – making Father’s Day cards

Hughan went to play group. His teacher had made cards for Father’s Day. The children all stuck pictures on the front of the cards and painted in the middle of the card, and she held their hands and wrote their names in the middle as well (we still have the card Hughan made).

She attached each card to a beer with a ribbon, for them to give to their Dads.

(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 14/06/90 – not responding to our voices

Hughan is still not responding to our voices. We play games every day with banging, knocking, tapping etc.

His babbling is improving – “mum, mum, mum”, “ ab, ab”, ”wha, wha”, “ba”.

We went and visited friends today.

(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 13/06/90 – sandcastles

Today our main topic was the farm animals. Hughan and I spent a long time grouping all the animals the same together and he enjoyed watching me making the noises they all make.

I took Hughan to play group today. As usual he enjoyed himself.

Today he joined in with the children making sandcastles and playing in the sand.

(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 12/06/90 – farm animals

Today our main topic were the farm animals. Hughan and I spent a long time grouping all the animals the same together and he enjoyed watching me making the noises they all make.

At dinner time I involved Jamie. Each mouthful Jamie would take an animal out of the bag and make the noises. They had a great time.

(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 11/06/90 – Play group with musical toys

I took Hughan to play group this morning. He had a great time. Hughan is definitely vocalising better. He gets to do so many things.

At play group the children all sit in a circle and they have rattles, drums etc. and the lady who takes the group sings songs and makes music with the children. I sit opposite her with Hughan on my lap, and we join in.

(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 08/06/90 – Jamie is not well

Jamie was sick, so we had a visit to the doctor.

Over the weekend Jamie, Hughan and Willem had some great moments together. Willem played cricket on the Saturday so we all went and watched.

At the cricket club they have a playground for the children with an old car in it. There is also a boat Jungle gym, that Hughan had a great time on. It has a swivel seat, steering wheel, a ladder and a slide, which as you can imagine kept him very busy.

Jamie and Hughan also went on the seesaw.

Poor Jamie, at the end of the day, was stung by a bee on his tongue. He picked up his cool drink to have a drink and there was a bee inside. He is okay, but as you can imagine he got himself into quite a state.

(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 07/06/90 – visiting friends

This is what I wrote in the diary 23 years ago…..Helping parents with deaf children through our experience…

We went visiting in the afternoon. I took Hughan’s trolley with us and he had a great time pushing it about.

(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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