Variety of ways to communicate: Variety Motor Mouth Camp

Brendan Sawford at the Variety Motor Mouth Camp with a volunteer. Picture: Thom Davidson
Brendan Sawford at the Variety Motor Mouth Camp with a volunteer. Picture: Thom Davidson

COMMUNICATING when you cannot speak is a challenge but it became a lot easier for a group of 16 children who attended the 2015 Variety Motor Mouth Camp this month.

Nine-year-old Brendan Sawford, from Joondanna, has autism and attended the camp with his family.

The camp combines fun with intensive therapy and training for children who live with communication difficulties.

Each year, the camp provides life-changing outcomes for families who usually rely on subtle signs from their child like a nod or a blink to communicate.

Variety WA program advisor Phil Croot said the camp was a great success.

“Fun was the common denominator as learning, laughing and conversation occurred across the packed four day program,” Mr Croot said. “Visits from community heroes like the police, firefighting and SES services made up some of the many highlights.”

The children created artwork that will be framed and presented to Variety supporters, who have raised more than $35,000 for the cause.