Saturday 21/07/90 – Hughan’s progress

In 1990, Hughan was one year eleven months old. We had started the program at the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town and Vanessa was our teacher at Parent Guidance. We lived far away in Botswana so I sent this letter to Vanessa, so she could track Hughan’s progress.

Dear Vanessa

We have seen a big change in Hughan lately. He is trying to say words like up, more, hello, hi, boo and when he wants something he will say a long sentence of babble with varied tones.

He enjoys holding his hand on your throat to feel the vibration of you speaking. He also does it to himself and enjoys you doing it to him as well.

He is walking everywhere now with more confidence. Friends have all commented on the change in him and the way he is talking away. Eye contact is great!

We are looking forward to our trip to Cape Town. I am bringing Jamie with me as he will be in his school holiday. 

Jamie plays very well with Hughan and always likes to include him. Willem and I encourage him all the time to talk to him as he tends to play in silence with him unless he is encouraged. I would like to try and involve Jamie once or so in our play when we are with you, so you can encourage him as well. I came home feeling much more confident in myself after the last trip. I am sure when Jamie watches he will get the idea.

Sorry I have not written to you sooner. I don’t think you will have time to write back to me before we leave for Cape Town. I have lots of photos to show you of Hughan’s school and moments at home.

I have also watched the video tape you did of our last trip together. Thanks for your interest and encouragement its really helped. 

Take Care 



(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.)