From July 5 to August 11 the Wabinajuks summer camp in Oujé-Bougoumou brought together children with special needs aged 5 to 12 for a few weeks of fun and companionship in the outdoors.
Established in 2017 by Awash, the camp aims to support families of children with various intellectual and physical disabilities.
The return of the Wabinajuks summer camp is a welcome addition to activities offered to children with special needs and their families. Before the pandemic, some children were able to participate in specialized one-week camps offered in the south and sport camps were offered in Ouje-Bougoumou. However, children with special needs had difficulties enjoying the full experience of a sport summer camp.
This year, to ensure that the children benefited from a personalized approach to their care, the Awash department hired enough students from local summer placement programs so that each child had an educator.
Regional Special Needs Department trained the students to care for children with autism, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and behavioural needs.
With the support of an occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist and special needs educators, the children enjoyed learning while doing activities such as group outings.