I decided that I would send Vanessa, at the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town, the diary notes that I had done so far, so she could find out what we were doing with Hughan in Gaborone and track his progress before our return visit to the Centre.
Many people have commented on the change in Hughan. He is crawling around and his babbling has also improved. I am also finding it easier to get eye contact.
This morning we went to see my friend with the play group. Hughan was very pleased to be back. He started the morning with painting, which is very messy.
His main interest today was playing with the water. There is a table where the children can stand around. They have cups and saucers, and mini jugs. Hughan was covered in water by the time he was finished.
He poured the water from one jug to the other and poured it into the cups and drank the water and had a great time.
I found I was able to talk to him and he was quite happy to give his eye contact during play, so I felt we had achieved a lot today.
Hughan loves sitting on the chairs at the tables and part of the time I left him playing with four other boys his age, passing things to each other and throwing the Lego about and building with it.
(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.)