Camp adds variety to Lachlin’s life
IN a world where everyone speaks a different language to him, communication had never been clearer for 9-year-old Lachlan Bastin when he attended the Variety Motor Mouth Camp this month .
Lachlan, of Manning, lives with a neurological condition, an intellectual disability and mild physical disability, leaving his only means of communication through an electronic device.
Variety’s four-day camp at Point Walter combined fun with intensive therapy and training for children living with communication difficulties.
The Bastin family – Dale, Simone, sevenyear-old Hayley and Lachlan – attended this year’s superhero themed camp, which also celebrated Variety WA’s 35th anniversary.
Mrs Bastin said the day showed her son he was not the only one out there.
“Lachlan has no words at all so he really enjoyed the camp; he was so calm and at peace because his mode of communication was included,” she said.
“We know Variety worked so hard and without all that effort kids like him would live in such a small world.”
The camp provided support from volunteer speech, occupational and physiotherapists. Mrs Bastin said she was impressed even siblings were given the opportunity to get involved in the events.
“It had a sibling program which was great; often siblings just tag along but this day really included them,” she said.