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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 the
help 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 program
that Moston, who has Down syndrome, regularly
attends in Medicine Hat.
“It’s important when developing a program for
each child that you find what they like, what interests them,” Standell says.
Moston wanted to be on TV, so he and Standell
began writing stories. Three months later, they had
a script and moved into production.
“He made puppets and painted the backdrop. He
made the puppet theatre and wrote out his credits
on large cards,” Standell says.
During shooting, Standell filmed Moston and
child/youth worker Laurie Drescher acting out
his script about Safety Sam and the importance of
safety at the park. As the credits “rolled,” Drescher
held up large hand-written credits and the star
danced and sang.
“My favourite part of the movie was the credits,”
The movie’s spring premiere for CHADS was so
successful that a second show ran at the Hat’s CORE
Association, a non-profit organization for individuals with disabilities.
Standell says Moston was able to develop key
skills beyond the realm of speech-language pathology because the program gives her freedom to
develop individualized programs for her clients.
“This project included not only our goals for
him, but occupational therapy and physical therapy
goals, as well. It improved his motor skills and his
social skills, language, auditory processing, memorization and more,” Standell says.
reported by KAyLyNN HOHENSINN, AHS
Jayden Moston and Tich Standell