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Camp of Champs

Last week (June 11, 12 & 13) SLIERS, The Boise Burn and Project Filter presented the Camp of Champs. This was the second year of the camp and every bit as successful as the first.  Each day held a morning and an afternoon session.  The ages of the athletes ranged from 6-12 years-old, with the first sessions of camp focusing on the younger crowd. 

During camp sessions, the future Burn worked with the current Burn and Burn coaches.  They ran drills and worked on skills for the first portion in order to get warmed up for their big entrance where they ran through the tunnel with the arena lights off, the spot lights and smoke on, and their names blaring over the sound-system.  Players and campers bounced around to music while shouting Burn cheers.  The camp finished with Head Coach Lee Leslie giving a motivational speech for both campers and parents.

But, the excitement didn’t stop there.  Every camper was invited back to wear their camp shirt and run through the tunnel with the Burn players at Saturday night’s game. 

Overall, it was a great success and we look forward to next year!      

AAC Camp

Wearing a cowboy hat and blue bandanna, 11-year-old Austin delivered a line from a play he’d been working on all week.

“I grabbed the snake and threw it far away, and I’m still here today,” he said.

The audience laughed. Austin smiled. And his mother, peering through the lens of a video camera, beamed. Austin, who has cerebral palsy, is one of 14 children and teens who attended the Advancing Adventures in Communicating Camp at Idaho State University-Boise June 18-22. Austin delivered his dialogue using an alternative augmentative communication (AAC) device or “talker”- a small computer capable of storing hundreds of words and phrases. An infrared light activates his desired response.   

The camp (the only one of its kind in the Northwest) is for children who have severe communication challenges caused by disease, injury, autism or other delays in development. The main requirement to attend camp is that they must already own an electronic communication device or “speech generating device”. The primary goal of camp is for these campers to become more proficient in using their “talkers” to communicate with peers and adults. They can practice using the “talkers” with their peers and adults who will take the time to truly listen. The camp also trains future speech-language pathologists about assistive technology and how to better interact with people who use augmentative devices. The campers spend the week, working one-on-one with speech pathologists and graduate students from ISU-Boise’s speech-language pathology program. Activities included swimming, rock climbing, writing, crafts, drama and culminated with a series of plays written and performed by the campers while using their AAC devices.

“The best part for me is seeing the campers interact — being around children like themselves,” said counselor/clinician Deirdre Morgan, a 2007 graduate of ISU-Boise’s speech pathology and audiology program.

This year camp will be held from June 9th-13th on the ISU Boise Campus. Our theme for camp is “Super Heroes” and we have numerous activites planned around our theme. If you are interested in more information or would like to register for camp, please contact Anne Kuhlmeier at akuhlmeier@ierh.org or call 208-706-5575.

Anne M. Kuhlmeier, M.A., CCC
Speech Language Pathologist