Imagine that every day you are the only one in your entire school who can’t verbally speak. You have a lot to say, but you need to use a high-tech communication device to say it.
Then, one day, you’re not the only one: you’re surrounded by kids who use similar devices as you. You’re no longer alone. You’re at Camp Communicate at Pine Tree Camp where all the campers use high-tech devices to communicate.
This camp for non-verbal children and their families is the only one of its kind in Maine and takes place every summer at Pine Tree Camp led by Pine Tree Society staff and volunteers highly experienced in accessible recreation and speech language and assistive technology.
Campers spend a week making friends, learning new skills and becoming comfortable and confident in their communication abilities. All activities and programs are focused on the independence kids gain when they are able to communicate.
Parents also receive one-on-one help to learn how to tailor devices to meet their child’s individual needs. Perhaps most importantly, parents have the opportunity to connect with each other, share information and form friendships that extend long after camp is over.