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Published April 11th 2017
Code Camp, Kicking It With A Learning Disability
Coding for kids is becoming a popular in-demand learning experience across Australia. This is not just a trend, the world is changing and technology now plays a part in almost every career choice available.
During the Christmas holidays in 2016, Ryan went off to Code Camp in Brisbane. Code Camp runs 3 - 5 day workshops for kids interested in coding apps, games & more. Ryan has difficulty with some types of learning, I will paint you a brief picture of his history.
Ryan is a 10-year-old boy who was diagnosed with a rare head tumor at 4 months old. During the course of treatment, there was surgery, chemotherapy and a lot of heartaches.
Ryan is now alive and well, however life continues to throw curveballs. Ryan has a brain injury and functions similarly to a child with high functioning autism. His brain injury impacts the working memory. To put it simply, things like coding, math and science are a lot harder for Ryan. He becomes very stressed, anxious and sometimes difficult to manage.
Can he still achieve the same as other students? Of Course!
I highly recommend Code Camp, even for a child who has learning difficulties. They provided an environment which was both fun and safe to provide challenging coding activities.
Code Camp Staff were very understanding with this and actually exceeded my expectations. Firstly, when you have a child with special needs you prepare yourself for the situation that they may not be able to complete a workshop like this and that is okay.
Code Camp taught Ryan how to create his own game. Although this required a lot of computer science & logical thinking, the team made it fun and creative!
During the day the kids have adequate breaks for outside play, eat lunch together and enjoy ball games and other activities. This allows them to burn off some of their wiggles and come back in and work on their game.
Ryan completed a 4-day workshop and when he finished I saw a much more confident young man, proud of his coding abilities. His game is able to be played on a computer or a smart device.
I believe the key to success with having a special needs child in the classroom is the high teacher to student ratio, he had the support he needed to produce the results he desperately wanted to achieve.
When you attend Code Camp you are creating technology, not consuming it. So your child is still getting to access the devices they love, but there are educational elements and skills they will be able to apply elsewhere.
When they finish they will graduate, receiving a Code Camp medal which they can proudly display at home. During the camp, a hat and T-shirt are also provided.
Code Camps are held throughout the year in locations throughout Australia. Booking can be made HERE.