A friend of mine in Gaborone looks after about 25 to 30 children on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The children are aged from one to 3 years old.
She has about five helpers that help her look after the children. She has offered me to go along with Hughan and join in.
Today was our first day. He painted a picture, played in the sand pit, had his turn on the swings, he joined in making music and dancing. He played with puzzles and joined in with all of the other children very well.
He had a great time. They have tables and chairs that they sit at to have their morning tea. All so sweet! We will definitely be going back to join in.
Hughan enjoyed every moment.
Eye contact is coming along very well! At times he is very good. Even if he is not always giving eye contact we are all still talking away to him.
The sayings he is responding to are – “no”, “come”, “goodbye”,” switch on the light”, “switch off the light”, “where’s daddy?” (There he is!) “Tina” (the dog), and a few others – and of course his name.
He is now getting very good at responding when he is called.
I feel things are going quite well and have noticed a few changes even in the last week.
I am sending you this update and hope you like the photos. We are enjoying our work.
(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.)