To everyone who participated, thank you for making Voice for Maddie Foundation’s very first Malibu Angelman Syndrome Literacy Surf Camp a success! We are beyond proud and thankful of everyone’s dedication and active participation at the camp. And we hope that you have come away from the experience with more confidence and better understanding of ways to support and promote literacy and communication.
Our surf day in partnership with THERAsurf was the perfect kickoff to the camp! We witnessedfamilies develop and strengthen connections, our kids frolic in sand and water with the ultimate highlight of cheering on our kids who fearlessly embraced the ocean and braved the waves on surfboards. They were such unforgettable moments for all of us!
The following days entailed a flurry of activities. We learned to breakdown the barrier of fear in starting a communication plan for our young kids, as well as developed various strategies to promote literacy and enhance education efforts both at home and in school for those well on their way.
And we all got busy making books! From creating surf and alphabet books, to searching through Tar Heel Reader and exploring Explain Everything, all the ideas generated and shared amongst us are just the beginning. And we certainly hope that you are encouraged and empowered to make more books and start new conversations with our kids.
We welcome all suggestions and feedbacks so that we can make our 2016 camp better. Thank you!