UAB holds camp for children with communication difficulties

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – Registration has opened for a camp created to help children with disabilities that make communication.

UAB's School of Education's Camp Terrific New Technology – Yakity Yak is a camp that aims to help children with autism, celebral palsy and cognitive issues that interfere with communication. The camp will teach children how to use technology such as the iPad, Nintendo Wii, talking books, communication boards, MP3 players and many other technologies. Also, available at the camp is a SMART table, where campers can work or play on a touch sensitive, interactive surface.

"Our focus is to expose campers to many forms of technology for learning, music, communication and fitness and recreation," says Betty Nelson, Ph.D., UAB associate professor of special education and interim chair of the UAB Department of Leadership, Special Education and Foundations. "We want to expand the resources that the children, their teachers and their parents can access and give the children the opportunity to make new friends and establish networking and communication links that they can use in the future."

Besides technology, campers will get to participate in traditional camp activities like team-building exercises and singing camp songs.

For more details, or to register, contact Nelson at 205-975-6760 or benelson@uab.edu.