Camp aids communication

Variety volunteers Dawn Hallett, Aimee Dawson and Kylie Gough with Samuel Tan and Harry Lovekin at the annual Motor Mouth Camp. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d409273
Variety volunteers Dawn Hallett, Aimee Dawson and Kylie Gough with Samuel Tan and Harry Lovekin at the annual Motor Mouth Camp. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d409273

The five-day school holiday camp was attended by 15 children and their families, including Samuel Tan, of Winthrop, and Harry Lovekin, of Attadale.

Both have autism and the camp provided intense communication therapy for young people who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) aids and voice output devices.

Aided by a team of volunteer speech pathologists and mentors, school-aged children from as far as Dampier came together to learn or fine-tune their skills using aids to communicate.

The camp also gave families the chance to learn about various aids and share experiences with others facing the same communication challenges.

‘Motor Mouth camp is one of the really special weeks of the Variety year,’ said Variety WA programs manager Phil Croot.

‘Our amazing group of volunteers provide the support and guidance necessary to help kids with high needs achieve their communication goals.

‘It is a privilege to share the journey with these families, and to see the hope and change that comes out of this rewarding, intensive program.’

The camp is made possible thanks to the support of the Estate Late Harry Leslie Howden Bequest.