Imagine then having to rely on subtle signs like blinks, nods, noises and technology to express your needs and wants.
That is the reality facing 16 children, including three from Cockburn, who will attend a camp at the start of October.
The 2014 Variety Motor Mouth Camp will be held at Point Walter over five days and will combine fun with intensive therapy and training for children with communication difficulties, plus extra help for family and carers.
Cockburn Central’s Cayla Beach, who lives with cerebral palsy, will be taking part.
The five-year-old can speak but also uses an electronic communication aid when she needs to be a bit clearer.
Her mum, Hanna, said she thought the camp would show Cayla it is OK to use the help at hand.
‘It will also be good for parents and carers to talk to each other about different things and to learn from the specialists,’ she said.