Motor Mouth Camp 2021

Motor Mouth Camp 2021

Variety Children’s Charity held it’s annual Mouth Mouth Camp for individuals who use communication devices from 1st to 3rd October 2021. This 3 day, 2 night camp is held at the Point Walter campsite in Perth, Western Australia.

Mouth Mouth Camp is a fun family event which focusses on developing the confidence and skills of individuals with complex communication needs who use high-tech devices. It also focuses on giving their parents and siblings opportunities to learn and become more skilled communication partners.

This year’s theme was ‘celebrations’ and we celebrated a decade since the inaugural camp. For each day of camp, the organising committee had planned various activities and events to encourage campers to communicate using their devices, and to provide opportunities for social communication.

Kelly Savage and Delara Kapadia, Liberator WA consultants, have volunteered for camp every year since it began. As camp Co-Ordinator, Kelly has been instrumental in organising and making sure camp runs smoothly. Kelly be taking a break from her camp co-ordinator role next year, and we thank her for her immense contribution to camp over the years.

Joey Harrall, an ambassador for Liberator, also attended camp as the AAC mentor. He gave inspiring and informative talks to the parents, and offered support and encouragement to the younger AAC users.

Camp is such an amazing learning opportunity for everyone involved, including the volunteers who give up their weekend to support the AAC communicators and their families.  I have had the privilege of volunteering for camp for the past 10 years and every time, I learn so much from all the wonderful families and volunteers. We get to share our knowledge of AAC, brainstorm barriers, learn more about programming, find new activities and ideas to practice target words, and most of all – have lots of fun and laughs doing it!

Some of the highlights for me this year was the awesome ‘celebrations’ themed disco, complete with party games and decorations made by the campers. I also will not forget Malachi’s beaming smile as he used his eye gaze device to drive a remote control toy car, or the squeals of excitement as campers went on the flying fox.

 

“Camp has been such a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to be involved in the AAC journey. It was wonderful to see the AAC users interacting with other kids who are using devices. Also seeing the siblings learning how to model the AAC systems and having great fun with all the activities.” Charlotte Wigham, Speech Pathologist and volunteer.

“I am so impressed with how AAC users can communicate effectively with others by using their AAC devices. It is also an excellent opportunity for me as a speech student to learn from experienced professionals by observing the interactions between them and the AAC users. I truly enjoyed and appreciated this camping experience.” Jilly Wang, Student Speech Pathologist and volunteer.

 

Kelly Savage and Delara Kapadia, WA Consultants and volunteers

 

Kelly savage, Camp Co-ordinator

 

Malachi using eye gaze technology to drive a remote control toy car.

 

By Delara Kapadia

 


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