Camp starts in about a week. Adrian went last year and loved it. It’s really an awesome program. His school runs the camp for the summer program. He still gets his speech therapy and his OT, still works on his goals and many of the same teachers and support staff work there. It’s a genuine ‘camp’ setting. They spend the entire day outdoors, doing crafts, nature hikes and swimming. It’s really a unique program that I’m grateful we’ve got access to.
But this year I’ve got another concern. Do we send Adrian’s device to camp or not? Sure, I can think of places he could use it. He could use it to request a push on the swing, a drink when he’s thirsty or even to ask a question like ‘When do we go swimming?” He could use it to continue to pursue his goal of reading/typing words. There would be a lot of good ways for him to use it at camp.
Yet, sending the device poses some problems. They move about the camp all day. Does Adrian bring it with him everywhere? How? Does that increase the likelyhood that it will be lost or broken? Obviously, bring it to the pool is a no-no, but who’s going to ensure it’s kept well out of the way? Even on the playground, will the device be put on the ground while he plays? Is that safe?
This device represents a lot of money and a lot of time. Do the benefits outweigh the risk in this type of environment? I’m not sure yet. But I’ve got to make up my mind pretty quick. Any thoughts or suggestions would be welcome!