PUPILS from a special school in Dartington have taken part in a national joke competition to demonstrate and celebrate the fun and importance of good communication skills.
Pupils from Bidwell Brook School took part in Voice Box, a joint initiative by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and The Communication Trust.
Speech and language therapist Leonie van Wijk said: "The event was a great success. Twenty pupils shared their best jokes in front of the whole school and a judging panel including Sarah Wollaston MP.
"Jokes were shared using speech, objects, Makaton signing, funny photos, Voice Output Communication Aids, facial expressions and actions. We all had a good laugh."
Dr Wollaston said: "I loved joining the panel for the joke competition. My personal favourite: 'What goes oom oom? A cow walking backwards.'
"Best of all though was the fun everyone had sharing some great jokes and slapstick comedy."
RCSLT chief executive Kamini Gadhok said: "In every classroom, there are children who need expert help with speaking and understanding.
"By helping the children to resolve their speech, language and communication difficulties, children become more receptive to learning, are better able to handle social situations and can develop emotional maturity and better behaviour."