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Film unveils 10 year-old’s star power
Writer. Producer. Actor. Star. Ten-year-old Jayden Moston has successfully conquered all of these filmmaking roles, thanks to thehelp of his speech-language pathologist, Tish Standell.
The pair met at Alberta Health Services’children’s Health and Developmental Services(CHADS) in a speech-language pathology programthat Moston, who has Down syndrome, regularlyattends in Medicine Hat.
“It’s important when developing a program foreach child that you find what they like, what interests them,” Standell says.
Moston wanted to be on TV, so he and Standellbegan writing stories. Three months later, they hada script and moved into production.
“He made puppets and painted the backdrop. Hemade the puppet theatre and wrote out his creditson large cards,” Standell says.
During shooting, Standell filmed Moston andchild/youth worker Laurie Drescher acting outhis script about Safety Sam and the importance ofsafety at the park. As the credits “rolled,” Drescherheld up large hand-written credits and the stardanced and sang.
“My favourite part of the movie was the credits,”Moston says.
The movie’s spring premiere for CHADS was sosuccessful that a second show ran at the Hat’s COREAssociation, a non-profit organization for individuals with disabilities.
Standell says Moston was able to develop keyskills beyond the realm of speech-language pathology because the program gives her freedom todevelop individualized programs for her clients.
“This project included not only our goals forhim, but occupational therapy and physical therapygoals, as well. It improved his motor skills and hissocial skills, language, auditory processing, memorization and more,” Standell says.
reported by KAyLyNN HOHENSINN, AHS
Jayden Moston and Tich Standell