Children learn communication skills at Camp Have a Chat

HAPPY camper: Alex Davis at Camp Have a Chat in Boonah. Photo: supplied.
HAPPY camper: Alex Davis at Camp Have a Chat in Boonah. Photo: supplied.

On September 25, children who have challenges around verbal communication arrived in Boonah for four days of fun and learning with speech-generating devices.

The camp was organised by CPL, formerly the Cerebral Palsy League but now known as Choice, Passion and Life.

CPL media manager Maddy Obst said this year marked the 16th Camp Have a Chat.

“This was the first time we’ve held the camp in Boonah and The Outlook Training and Resource Centre was just a beautiful venue,” she said. 

“We had 15 families this year, with each camper bringing mum, dad or family members who can help them use their new skills at home.”

Campers enjoyed four days and three nights in beautiful surrounds and were able to practise verbal communication skills with their families and peers, she said.

“We had everything on offer, including the latest technology and some excellent speech therapists but it wasn’t all about learning.

“There was a lot of fun about the camp too, with magicians, gardening, campfires and singalongs.”

Ms Obst said the social benefit for both children and parents was important.

“Some children don’t like using their communication devices at school because they are the only one in the classroom with a device,” she said.

“And some children at Camp Have a Chat got to meet other campers who have the same problems as they do for the first time, so the social aspect is huge.

“And parents benefit from meeting up with other people who face the same challenges in their own lives.”