Camp adds va­ri­ety to Lach­lin’s life

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

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.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d444742

Lach­lin Bastin.

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