Camp Chatterbox
Camp Chatterbox is an overnight therapy camp for children using AAC devices combined with a training program for their parents. It is sponsored by Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, NJ, and will be held from August 17 – 23, 2014. Camp Chatterbox uses the facilities of Camp Oakhurst in Monmouth County, NJ, a fully wheelchair accessible facility. Applicants must be between the ages 5 – 16, and be using a synthesized AAC device beyond the level of requesting. Campers with cerebral palsy and apraxia are optimal candidates for this program. Both parents may attend and siblings, 7 years and over are welcome to join in the fun.

Campers demonstrate a wide range of abilities from:
  • Learning to compose sentences
  • Having age appropriate expressive language skills but benefit from interacting with other peers using AAC devices.
  • Campers are involved in 4-hours of therapeutic activities each day with a focus on enabling campers to master their core vocabularies and to increase their interaction skills with both peers and adults.
  • Recreational activities include swimming, arts and crafts, natures and sports.
  • Parents attend lectures on a variety of topics ranging from communicative competence to integration of technology in the classroom. They also benefit from the opportunity to interact with other parents with similar concerns and needs during Parent Networking events.
  • Each evening campers, siblings and parents enjoy a fun activity that allows the campers to demonstrate their newly acquired skills.
The theme for 2014 is “Road Trip – New Jersey”. It is guaranteed to be an incredible learning opportunity and loads of fun for all involved. The application process is now open for new campers. For detailed information about Camp Chatterbox or to apply visit www.campchatterbox.org. Questions may be addressed to Jbruno@childrens-specialized.org.
Contact Us
Kaylee McGuire
Community Recreation Program Coordinator
908-233-3700 ext 5548
kmcguire@childrens-specialized.org
 
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