Wednesday 28/02/1990 2nd Lesson, Play Dough

We were looking forward to another lesson with Vanessa.

Wed: 28/02/1990

Activity: play dough

Aim: 1)  eye contact

          2)  auditory training 

          3)  repetition

Play dough recipe :

2 cups of flour

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon oil

Dash  of colouring.

Mix together and then gradually add water and tool the dough mixture has a correct texture. Keep in the fridge.

Good Sue your trying to name everything and your correcting your staff immediately if you use “it”.

You’re getting his eye contact. It’s not easy but you are using the correct methods. In other words – you are not touching him, you are clapping, using sound, taking things next to your face J keep this up.

“Give me the spoon”

“pour, pour the flour”

“pour, pour the oil”

That is Lovely repetition. First you used the main word on its own and then in a short full sentence.

Remember to interpret his babbling and actions – “Give me the cup mummy” if he stretches out his hand and wants the cup. Also when doing auditory training copy the sound with your voice ie: Bang! Bang! Knock! Knock! You’re using your face nicely and pointing to your ear. Good!

Thank you Sue and Willem – see you tomorrow.


After the lesson we took the boys to the beach in Cape Town.

(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.)