Camp Jabber Jaw
Funded in part by the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services Project START, Camp Jabber Jaw was established to provide a fun way for individuals to develop improved interactive communication skills. The campers are both individuals who utilize augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and those who do not but are of similar ages. Parents attend the camp with their child and have the opportunity to interact with other parents giving each an opportunity to share triumphs as well as disappointments. The camp has provided a forum for the development of friendships, facilitation of interactive communication, and fun.
In 2017 Camp Jabber Jaw traveled back in time! The campers began the week on Monday night with 3 2 1 Blast Off in their time travel machine. The campers engaged in a variety of activities throughout the week including encounters with dinosaurs, royal treasure hunts, Prince and Princesses as well as dragons. A stop in the wild, wild, west landed some of us on wanted posters for crimes such as crying over spilt milk, not coloring in the lines and even eating dessert first. The campers went horseback riding, swimming and dancing at “A Real Hoedown”. Guests were entertained on Friday with a play about traveling through time with our speech generating devices until how they changed our lives, “It’s Not the Destination, It’s the Journey”. Counselors for the week were graduate students from Mississippi University for Women, Jackson State University and The University of Southern Mississippi. We had campers from California, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia.
For more information, please contact Laurie Craig.