MAKING NEW FRIENDS
Fri August 9, 2013
CHAT Camp Helps Non-Verbal Kids Connect
The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University brought together five area children to take part in a week-long camp for kids who chat a bit differently. Everyone has a voice—some just use the touch of a screen.
Today was the final day of the first-ever CHAT camp, or also known as the camp of “communicative hope through assistive technology.” Speech and language pathologist Beth Tollar thinks kids with unique ways of speaking need to know they aren’t alone.
That’s Barb Tresness, who teamed up with Beth Tollar to make CHAT Camp a reality. Tresness says her son 13-year old son Graham benefited from a special mentor who helped the campers realize there are others who talk just like them.
That's 29-year old Kate Battoe who works at Syracuse University’s Burton Blatt Institute as a research assistant.
says Mentoring at the camp helped her achieve a lifelong dream.