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Summer camp for hearing impaired children kicks off

Summer camp for hearing impaired children kicks off

Taipei, July 18 (CNA) A summer camp for hearing impaired children opened Saturday with the aim of providing a place for the participants to learn music and arts during the school vacation and to make friends.
The Beethoven Children Summer Camp was organized by a number of civil groups such as the Children's Hearing Foundation, Sound Home Association, Taiwan Communication Disorders Association, Rotary Club of Taipei Dragon River and Clinico Eye and Ear Care.
"We designed the camp, which is in its fourth year, especially for children who suffer from hearing problems because there are not many activities that cater specifically to their needs," a camp spokesman Many Wang told CNA.
Wang said that the camp provides an opportunity for hearing impaired children to receive closer attention from teachers and for the parents of the children to share their experiences.
According to Wang, 0.1 percent to 0.3 percent of the 200,000 babies born on average annually in Taiwan have hearing problems.
Lai Wen-yu, a 10-year-old girl who is participating in the summer camp for the fourth consecutive year, said that it is really fun and a good place to make friends. She said that if she stays at home during the summer vacation she would end up fighting with her brothers.
Lee Shih-ya, the mother of a nine-year-old hearing-impaired boy, told CNA that she had been hearing about the summer camp for years but only decided this year for the first time to let her son join the activities.
She noted that although her son attends regular school, he not only has hearing problems but is also autistic and therefore needs special attention.
"I believe that here my son will not feel lonely or different from others and he can also learn how to get along with other children," said Lee.
The two-day summer camp for children aged 7-12 will include activities such as story-telling, painting, playing musical instruments, music therapy and other fun events, according to the organizers.
(By Rachel Chan)




Updated : 2022-05-29 00:02 GMT+08:00