ILC was pleased to be involved in the 2015 Variety Motor Mouth Camp, which was held at Point Walter from 8-11th October. This was the fifth camp in which ILC staff have volunteered, to support children and their families who are using speech generating devices.
Sixteen families came together to participate in the camp program which provided a range of fun activities where therapy was embedded to provide communication opportunities. The “Super Heroes” theme was a real hit, suiting the range of children from 4-17 years. Highlights included a visit from our community super heroes from local fire and police stations, as well as SES volunteers and an environmental officer; the fun fair morning with flying fox and bouncy castle; ice-creams on those hot afternoons and of course the wonderful camp concert on the last night where each group performed an act using their communication device in front of the big crowd!
Parents were able to attend workshops each day from a range of presenters, to learn more about how to develop communication and literacy skills for their child who is using a communication device.It was great to see siblings walking around camp with their own “communication aid” and using their low tech core boards to interact with their brother or sister.
The camp disco is always a great night with everyone getting dressed up in their best super hero gear! Check out our Speechies; Tanith dressed as Wonder Woman, and Amy with her low tech communication board on her lanyard to interact at the disco! Communication opportunities are built into every camp activity, including asking someone to dance.
Thank you to all the families and the amazing volunteers for making 2015 such a SUPER camp! Thank you to Variety for your ongoing support of Motor Mouth Camp.