The Variety Motor Mouth Camp is a four day/three night camp, running from Thursday 5th October to Sunday 8th October 2017, for school aged children who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) aids and voice output devices, their parents/ carers and siblings.
At the Point Walter Camp Site, the camp will be overseen by Variety staff and a range of volunteer Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, as well as Speech Pathology students. Applications are now being received, with places for 15 children and their families to participate. Applications are sought from families who are motivated to improve their child’s communication skills and who are willing to stay for the full duration of the camp. Children must also meet the eligibility criteria below.
The camp is a fantastic opportunity for children using AAC to get to know other children in the same situation, share experiences and make new friends. The primary aim of the camp is for children using AAC to improve their system use and become more competent communicators in a fun and relaxing environment. This is the sixth Variety Motor Mouth Camp and it will continue to help us build a stronger community of AAC users in WA!
What happens at camp?
- Intensive communication group therapy sessions are provided in the mornings
- Fun activities with family members in the afternoons to practice skills learnt
- Sibling recreation program in the mornings
- AAC support, training and networking for parents, carers and other support people
- Mentoring from an adult AAC user
- Fun evening events
Who is eligible?
The Variety Motor Mouth Camp is open to children who:
- 6-18 years old (school aged)
- use a high technology augmentative communication system, such as a Vantage Lite , Dynavox, Accent, Nova Chat, LR7, Tobii, iPad with Proloquo2Go or Touch Chat etc to express a range of language functions
- have at least one family member who will be attending the camp with them and is willing to participate in all camp activities
- want to improve the use of their device and their general communication competency
- are able to work in small groups in a busy sensory environment
- have a primary therapist that can be contacted by the Variety Motor Mouth Committee to support their application and discuss suitability (the primary therapist is not required to attend camp, but is most welcome to attend as a volunteer).