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Wednesday 06/06/90 – trolley with bricks

Hughan is still not turning round to us when we speak to him, also when we are noise making, but we are all making him aware, by making a noise and bringing the item into his vision.

Hughan loves his trolley that he pushes around with the bricks in it. Today he spent a long time with me taking the bricks out of the trolley and putting them back in.

When we put them back into the trolley the bricks make that ‘klank’ noise.

(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 05/06/90 – Noisy Toys

Jamie is back at school. Hughan and I had a great time in the play room, playing with all of the toys he has been away from, while we’ve been in Cape Town.

Also noise making, pointing to our ears with toys that have noises.

(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 04/06/90 Returning home to Gaborone

In 1990 we had just returned home to Gaborone, after a trip to The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town. I wrote this letter to Vanessa at the Centre.

Dear Vanessa

Thanks for all your help and guidance you gave me on my visit to Cape Town. I must say it was a wonderful feeling being back again. Also thanks for working with me with Hughan, I learned a lot from it.

Jamie sat watched the video three times and then insisted we made your sticky biscuits! I think he also learnt by watching it.

Willem and I sat and watched the video together and Willem was pointing out my mistakes which I felt was great and now he is also more aware of the way he talks to Hughan.

Before I left Cape Town I went shopping with Hughan, which he loves. He started saying mum-mum-mum at everything, which is the first time he has said this.

The last night in Cape Town I stayed with Willem’s Uncle and Aunt. Hughan was vocalising well there as they have dimmer switches on the light and he was always asking to be picked up to alter the lights and to switch them on and off.

Hughan was very good on the flight home and it was also nice to be back in Gaborone. Willem and Jamie were still in Zimbabwe when we arrived in Gaborone.

Hughan and I went and met them at the airport the next day and Hughan stood in absolute shock when he saw Willem and Jamie come through the doors. In the car on our way home Jamie and Hughan laughed and played nicely.

(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 02/06/90 Vanessa’s Encouraging Notes

It was time to leave Cape Town and return to Gaborone. Vanessa added her last notes to the diary.

Dear Sue

Once again the time has flown by. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you and Hughan again.

A few pointers to work on at home –

1)Eye contact:

a)  be patient and persevere

b)  always be on his eye level,

c)   hold objects new your face,

d)   freeze actions when he’s absorbed with them

e)   use sound

REMEMBER : talk – do – talk – do……

2) Intensive auditory training: especially as he has had so many ear infections.

a)   use animal noises,

b)   use transport noises.

3) Imitate and interpret: his babbling and actions

4) aim for varied language input plenty of meaningful repetition re: use one word in many different sentences – “ball”, “the ball is blue”, “catch the ball”, “ Hughan’s ball”, “roll the ball”.

5) No gesturing

Give a command with only eye contact. Should he not respond correctly, do the action and repeat the language at the same time. Read through session notes for examples.

Please give my regards to Willem and a big hug and a kiss for Vil.

I hope you have a safe flight home. Remember to keep in touch frequently. I look forward to hearing from you (I love letters).

Maintain your positive attitude at all times. See you in three months time.

Take care

Vanessa

(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 30/05/90 First video

Video 2nd visit to The Carel du Toit Centre

(VIDEO 5th lesson…2nd visit to The Carel du Toit Centre, Cape Town 1990) Helping parents with deaf children through our experience…

Today, Vanessa was filming Hughan and I, so I could take the video home with us to Botswana, as a reminder of what we had been doing in Cape Town.

This is what Vanessa wrote in the diary…..

Activity : condensed milk balls.

Aim : interpretation of his babbling and actions

Lovely Sue you did not gesture. You did the action and gave the language at the same time – “drop the biscuit in the packet”.

Good turn taking – Hughan put a biscuit in, mummy put a biscuit in.

Hughan’s eye contact was a lot better today. Be patient with the eye contact and don’t give up. Remember that if he is interested in watching the action you’re doing – rolling a rolling pin – just pause for a moment (stop the action) and he will 9/10 times look up at you (to query why you have stopped) and then you have your eye contact and quickly give your lovely suitable language input.

Hughan babbled a lot more today – “a –ja”, “wa-wa”, “ba-ba-ba”.

Good interpretation of his actions, “the tortoise wants to eat some coconut”, “mummy I want some more”.

A good strategy to bear in mind is do – talk – do.

First roll the rolling pin, then stop and talk with eye contact – “roll the rolling pin” and then do the action again.

Lovely imitation of Hughan banging the rolling pin and of him rolling the rolling pin.

Good turn taking again – “mummy roll the rolling pin”, “Hughan roll the rolling pin”.

Sue this was a lovely session and we had it on video! Thank you very much. You’ll gesturing has improved hundred percent. You are a lot more aware of the finer details of your technique now. Keep up this lovely work and positive attitude. The sentences you jotted down are good examples of meaningful repetition and naming – varied language input.

See you Friday.

Vanessa

Tuesday 29/05/90 – Bowl and Goodies

(4th Lesson…2nd Visit to Carel du Toit Centre, Cape Town)

Vanessa was observing us from the viewing room. This is what Vanessa wrote in the ‘Diary’….

Activity : Bowl and goodies

Aims : 1) Interpretation of Hughan’s babbling and actions.

               2) Receptive language – to ascertain what he understands without any visual clues.

Good you gave a simple command without any visual clues “open the door”.

When he doesn’t respond correctly remember to do the action with him and give the language at the same time.

You did this nicely with “open the ball” and ”shake the bells”.

Remember not to gesture.

You use the sounds well. He is babbling a lot more. He obviously loved the trumpet.

He loved crawling through the Play house. You made use of this by following his interests and giving suitable language – “climb through the tunnel”, “go up the ramp”.

Good Sue your trying not to gesture. Work on this, this afternoon.

Thank you

Vanessa

(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 28/05/90 – Another Training

(3rd Lesson…2nd Visit to Carel du Toit Centre, Cape Town)

After our lesson on Wednesday doing the rabbit hunt, Vanessa had asked me to work on Hughan’s interpretation of his actions and give him the words for his actions (that he would want to say himself) – we had great fun doing this over the weekend.

Vanessa also asked me to write down some samples of sentences I could use when I am with Hughan –

Ball, “the ball is round”, “throw the ball”, “catch the ball”, “roll the ball”, “bounce the ball”.

Jacket, “put on your jacket”, “put your arm in the jacket sleeve”, “the jacket is warm”, “the jacket is soft”, “zip up the jacket”, “put on the hood”.

Car, “the car is blue”, “push the car”, ”the car is going fast”, “stop the car”, “the man is sitting in the car”, “the wheels are going around”.

Banana, “the banana is yellow”, “mummy is peeling the banana”, “mummy is mashing the banana”, “the banana is soft”, “Hughan is eating the banana”.

Shoes, “Hughan’s red shoes”, “put on your shoes”, “put your foot in the shoe”, “mummy is tying the shoe lace”, “Hughan has got his shoes on”.

Vanessa wrote – lovely Sue this is the correct idea.

Today’s lesson we were playing with sand.

Activity : sand play

Aims :

1) Interpretation of Hughan’s babbling and actions.

2) Receptive language – to ascertain what he understands without any visual clues.

We had a lovely long session today. While I modeled our aims – you observed, so as to get an idea of what I was expecting you to do. I am glad it helped. It is often easy to grasp an idea/concept correctly once you have observed someone else doing it.

Your interpretation, especially of his actions, has improved a lot. I can see you made a conscious effort concerning this game over the weekend. You are a lot more aware of the language he is conveying via these gestures and our giving him that appropriate language:

“ Help me sit on the chair please mummy”

“Please can I have the spade”

“Open the drawer please”

He thoroughly enjoyed throwing and catching the bean bags. Here Hughan made lovely eye contact. Good!

You first gave the simple command just with eye contact and then did the action and repeat it the appropriate language at the same time. “Throw the bean bag”, “catch the bean bag”.

Try and give simple commands without any visual clues more often. Remember to do the action and repeat the language at the same time if he does not respond correctly.

Thank you for your hard work Sue.

Please work on the new aims at home.

Vanessa

(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 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 rabbit hunt.

Activity : rabbit hunt

Aim :      1) interpret Hughan’s babbling and actions

2) use the word he would use – “give me the rabbit mummy”.

“Mummy I can see a rabbit” – Good interpretation of his actions. , “Take your hand out mummy”.

During the rabbit hunt : you would point under the bed and say “look”, he would immediately respond, but then you couldn’t get his eye contact and attention for the sentence : “look under the bed”,  because he was already concerned about looking under the bed.

Rather get eye contact first and say : “look under the bed”, “there is a rabbit under the bed” then only go with him and do the action, plus give the language at the same time.

This requires much patience, but this way the words are a lot more meaningful.

Thank you for the lovely session. Keep up the hard work.

Vanessa

(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 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 staying on the grounds of Tygerberg Hospital, at the accommodation for families with hearing impaired children.

Vanessa was pleased to see us and we were having our first session with her.

Hughan and I worked together in a room while Vanessa observed from an adjoining room, which had a viewing window from it. Vanessa was able to watch me play with Hughan and we were unable to see her. She would correct me while I was working with Hughan, through an intercom.

This is what Vanessa wrote in the diary.

Today’s lesson –

Activity : blocks and cars

Aim : apply basic communication principles.

Lovely repetition – you used a single word and then that word in a short, full sentence.

“Push, push the puzzle”.

“Give, give me the block”.

“Pick me up mummy”- good interpretation of his actions.

Lovely, you are waiting for the eye contact.

Good: you are pointing out the different parts of the face. “The rabbit has eyes”, “look at the rabbit ears”. Always try and relate this immediately to his body, “Hughan’s eyes”, Hughan’s ears”, then perhaps “mummy’s eyes and ears”.

Lovely you are following his interest – he wanted to play with the draw. “Pull the draw open”,” close the draw”. Lovely he interpreted you playing with the horse and making it jump over the block.

Good you are trying to name everything. “Put the bean bags back” instead of “put them back”. “Sit on the chair” instead of “sit there”.

Lovely interpretation “Lift me up Mummy”.

Lovely auditory training – “Woof woof”: says the dog. “Oink oink”: says the pig.

Lovely turn taking: “Mummy take the bean bag out”. “Hughan take the bean bag out”.

The dog’s nose, Mummy’s nose, Hughan’s nose”. Lovely you pointed the body part out on the dog plus then on Hughan and your body.

Thank you Sue – not only are you looking smart today but you are also working well with Hughan.

Welcome back – I’m looking forward to working with you again.

Remember Occupational Theropist : 2.00pm.

See you tomorrow.

Vanessa

(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 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.

Vanessa. Thank you for your letter. It’s been great hearing from you.

We feel Hughan has been responding well to our voices. He is still having ear drops in both ears, but since he has been unable to use his hearing aids, I feel he had been giving us better eye contact.

We hope you will see a change in him. We have had great fun with him and he is still a good little boy.

Thanks

Best wishes

Sue

(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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