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Sensory toys for young children in our library

We have recently added a selection of toys suitable for the under 3s to our postal lending library.

Nursery Toy Kits

We now have three sets of nursery kits suitable for children aged 3-12 months, 12-24 months or 24-36 months. Each kit contains a range of colourful, stimulating toys for the under 3s for exploration, play and early education.

3 – 12 months

12 – 24 months

24 – 36 months

They may include battery operated items.

Bamba First Comforts – the first word in baby signing at home

We also have a new item in the Sensory Toy Library, a ‘Bamba First Comforts’ baby signing kit, kindly donated to us from a shop in Carmarthen, ‘Croeso Cynnes’.

The kit comes with a book, a dvd and a box of toys to teach the concepts of communication through play.

If you are interested in borrowing any of these items or have any queries about our library please email the Librarian at janetp@cerebra.org.uk

Full details about our library service can be found on the library page of our website https://www.cerebra.org.uk/help-and-information/library/

New look library lists

Take a look at our great new Library Lists. We’ve made some changes to make them more user friendly. We hope these changes will help you find the things you are interested in. The Library Book List and the Children’s Book List are ready now on our library page.

We have added more subject areas so you don’t have to look through long lists of book titles. Popular topics like sensory processing disorder and growing up now have their own sections. The Children’s Books List now have the books listed by subject area instead of by age group. So you can now find all the books for children on ‘behaviour’ or ‘feelings’ or ‘for siblings’ together.

If you are already a library member, why not take a look and let us know what you think. If you haven’t joined the library yet, why not take a look to see what we’ve got.

We are in the process of updating our Sensory Toy List which will have new write ups and information about the toys with pictures taken of the sensory toys here at Cerebra HQ. It will be available soon but in the meantime we have a temporary Sensory Toy List which includes all the great new and replacement toys purchased with the money we received from Children in Need.

New books in our library

We’ve got lots of great new books on a range of topics available to borrow now from our library.

Autism including Asperger Syndrome

AV6731 – Autism and Me (book & dvd)
Rory Hoy

L6732 – A Parents’ ABC of the Autism Spectrum
By Stephen Heydt

L6728 – Toby and Sox: the heartwarming tale of a little boy with autism and a dog in a million
By Vikky Turner


L6729 – Language for Thinking
By Stephen Parsons

Education Teaching and Learning

L6733 – Provison Mapping and the SEND Code of Practice: making it work in primary secondary and special schools
By Anne Massey

Growing Up

L6734 – When Young People With Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Hit Puberty: a parents’ Q&A guide to health sexuality and relationships
By Freddy Jackson

Law and Rights

L6735 – Special Needs and Legal Entitlement: the essential guide to getting out of the maze
By Melinda Nettleton

Personal Care including Feeding, Diet and Toilet Training

L6736 – What To Do About Smearing: a practical guide for parents and caregivers of people with autism developmental and intellectual disabilities
By Kate E Reynolds


L6730 – Sleep? What’s That? The incidence and impact of sleep problems in families of disabled children
By Gillian Cowdell

Special Needs in General

L6737 – Achieving Successful Transitions for Young People with Disabilities: a practical guide
By Jill Hughes

Therapies and Treatments including Medication

L6738 – Music Therapy for Multisensory and Body Awareness in Children and Adults with Severe to Profound Multiple Disabilities
By Roberta S Adler

Children’s Books

Autism and Aspergers

C0273 – Through the Eyes of Me
Age 5 and under

C0275 – Creating Autism Champions: autism awareness training for Key Stage 1 and 2
Age 8 – 12


C0276 – It’s Raining and I’m Okay: a calming story to help children relax when they go out and about
Age 5 and under

If you’d like to borrow any of these books, completely free of charge, contact our librarian on janetp@cerebra.org.uk. To find out more about the library check out our library page.

New Book on Autism in Our Postal Lending Library

We have a new book available from our Postal Lending Library.Through the eyes of me

‘Through the Eyes of Me’ by Jon Roberts

ISBN 9781912213009  £6.99

Through the eyes of a young child with autism. This lovely picture book is perfect for describing autism to a very young child. If you have a young child or grandchild with autism this would be a special book to read with them or their siblings. The little girl in the book is Kya, she tells us all about the things she loves to do, the things that interest her and the things she doesn’t like. Like any child with autism she has definite preferences. It is a beautifully illustrated book with pictures that weave in and out of the text. It is written by Kya’s dad, who says “we are all unique and precious and should embrace and love those differences with all our heart and being”.

For more information about our library please email janetp@cerebra.org.uk.

New books in our library

In recent months the library has had less money to buy new books and it’s been hard to choose which books to buy out of all the new publications and suggestions from library members.

Here are our most recent new books. We’ve chosen ones on subjects we are asked for most frequently and we’ve received a few donated books too.


  • L6700 Successful Social Stories for Young Children: growing up with social stories by Siobhan Timmins
    ISBN 9781785921124 2016
  • L6702 Toby and Sox: the heartwarming tale of a little boy with autism and a dog in a million by Vikky Turner
    ISBN 9781785032004 2016
  • L6698 The Out of Sync Child Grows Up: coping with sensory processing disorder in the adolescent and young adult years by Carol Stock Kranowitz
    ISBN 9780399176319 2016
    This is the latest book in the very popular series of the out of sync child books
  • L6699 Understanding Sensory Processing Disorders in Children: a guide for parents and professionals by Matt Mielnick
    ISBN 9781785927522 2017
  • L6671 Neurotribes: the legacy of autism and how to think smarter about people who think differently by Oliver Sacks
    ISBN 9781760113643 2015
    The Sunday Times Bestseller and winner of Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction 2015
  • L6694 The Gentle Sleep Book: a guide for calm babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers by Sarah Ockwell-Smith
    ISBN 9780349405209 2015
  • L6685 More Than Words: helping parents promote communication and social skills in children with autism spectrum disorder by Fern Sussman
    This is an extra copy of a very popular title very kindly donated to us by a library member
  • L6708 Hope: celebrate your baby with Down Syndrome by Tania Khan
    Donated by the author
  • L6701 Special Educational Needs and Disability Discrimination in Schools: a legal handbook by Sarah Hannett et al, published by the Legal Action Group
    ISBN 9781098407764 2017


AV6691 Autism and Me by Rory Hoy
This is a very good dvd of a television documentary, explaining what it’s like to have autism, that is often recommended to people after their child has been diagnosed.

Children’s Books – ages 5 to 8+

  • C0266 Autism Superheroes by Johanna Manikiza, published by ASD Info in Wales
    Non-Fiction explaining autism to children (bilingual – in English and Welsh)
  • C0267 Autism Superheroes Comic Strip by Johanna Manikiza published by ASD Info in Wales
    Fiction explaining autism to children (bilingual – in English and Welsh)
  • C0270 Emily’s Sister by Michele Gianetti
    Fiction for the siblings of a child with dyspraxia and sensory processing disorder
  • C0269 My Book of Feelings by Tracey Ross
    Non-fiction explaining different feelings to children
  • C0268 When My Worries Get Too Big by Kari Dun Buron
    Non-fiction explaining anxiety and relaxation to children with developmental disabilities

If you are not already a member of the library fill in the form on our library page.

Book Review: Parenting your disabled child

Our librarian Jan reviews a new book you can borrow from our free postal lending library.

‘Parenting Your Disabled Child: the first three years’

by Margaret Barrett
ISBN 9781847094513

If you have only just found out your baby is disabled or you know you are going to give birth to a disabled child, this is a lovely book written in a lovely gentle style that will guide you through the emotions you are likely to feel, suggest coping strategies and offer you suggestions for bringing out the best in your child.

I particularly liked the quotes from parents’ describing the emotions they felt on finding out their child had a disability. They will definitely make you feel you are not alone. The chapter on coping strategies will help you help yourself as a carer.

The largest section of the book looks at areas of child development in the early years from encouraging social development to practical issues like toilet training. It focuses on ways to provide your child with every opportunity for stimulation and interaction, so that you can make sure they have the best start in life.

To borrow this book and for more information about our library please email janetp@cerebra.org.uk.

Books in the library on growing up

books on growing upCheck out the books we have in our postal lending library on growing up.

Going through adolescence

  • How to be yourself in a world that’s different by Yuko Yoshida – C0148 & C0048
  • Freaks Geeks and Asperger Syndrome by Luke Jackson – L6291
  • Exploring Friendships Puberty and Relationships: a programme to help children and young people on the Autism Spectrum to cope with the challenges of adolescence by Kate Ripley – L6602
  • Parenting a Teen or Young Adult with Asperger Syndrome: 325 ideas insights tips and strategies by Brenda Boyd – L6650
  • Social Skills Training for Adolescents with General Moderate Learning Difficulties by Ursula Cornish – L1720
  • Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum by Chantal Sicile-Kira – L6133
  • Asperger Syndrome Adolescence and Identity: looking beyond the label by Harvey Molloy – L1614

Going through puberty

  • Taking Care of Myself: a hygiene puberty and personal curriculum for young people with Autism by Mary Wrobel – L6323 (this book covers both boys and girls)
  • How It Is: an image vocabulary for children about feelings, rights and safety, personal care and sexuality by the NSPCC – L5986
  • The Boys Guide to Growing Up: choices and changes during puberty by Terri Couwenhoven – L6483
  • What’s Happening to Ellie? A book about puberty for girls and young women with autism and related conditions by Kate Reynolds – C0248
  • Girl Talk: a survival guide to growing up by Caroline Plaisted – C0218
  • Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about their Bodies, Boundaries and Sexuality by Terri Couwenhoven – L6262
  • Sexuality and Severe Autism: a practical guide for parents caregivers and health educators by Kate Reynolds – L6505
  • Aspergers Syndrome and Sexuality: from adolescence through adulthood by Isabelle Henault – L6650

Transition to adult services

  • Personalisation in Practice: supporting young people with disabilities through the transition to adulthood by Suzie Franklin – L6536
  • Achieving Successful Transitions for Young People with Disabilities: a practical guide by Jill Hughes – L6655

To borrow books from the library please email the librarian Jan Pugh on janetp@cerebra.org.uk.

Top Ten – The most popular children’s books in the library

Top 10 most popular children's books in our library

Find out which are the 10 most popular books for children in our postal lending library.

C0031 & C0092 Hands are not for Hitting by Martine Agassi

A board book suitable for young children

C0077 My Brother is Different by Louise Gorrod

A non-fiction book published by the National Autistic Society featuring illustrated characters, suitable for all age groups

C0093 & C0233 Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome? A guide for friends and family by Jude Welton

A non-fiction book featuring a child called Adam. An illustrated book suitable for 7 to 15 year olds

C0075 My Social Stories Book by Carol Gray

A non-fiction book with illustrated characters. Written for young children up to 6

C0149 A Book About What Autism Can Be Like by Sue Adams

A non-fiction book with illustrated characters, aimed at 8 to 12 year olds.

C0176 & C0245 The Red Beast: controlling anger in children with Asperger Syndrome by K I AL-Ghani

An illustrated story book written in conjunction with the National Autistic Society aimed at 7 to 11 year olds

C0065 Different Like Me: my book of autism heroes by Jennifer Elder

A non-fiction illustrated book featuring notable individuals with autism aimed at 8 to 12 year olds

C0253 All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopman

A non-fiction book with photographs and captions aimed at all age groups

C0160 My Brother is Autistic by Jennifer Moore Mallinos

An illustrated story book suitable for small children

C0181 & C0219 What is it Like to be Me? A book about a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome by Alenka Klemenc

A non-fiction book with illustrated characters aimed at small children

You can find a full list of all the children’s books we have in the library on the library page of our website. You can borrow the children’s books on behalf of your child, as with the sensory toys. Sorry, but children can’t be library members themselves.

Uniquely Human: a different way of seeing autism

uniquely humanUniquely Human: a different way of seeing autism

by Dr Barry M Prizant
ISBN 9780285643338

We all have different coping strategies. Think about the behaviours associated with autism? Hand flapping, spinning, rocking, a restricted range of interests. A lot of current thinking aims to eliminate these behaviours. But what if they are strategies to cope, to adapt and to communicate your emotions? What if the current thinking is just treating an autistic person as a problem to be solved rather than an individual to be understood? Dr Prizant draws on his four decades of experience from working in the field of autism to present his thoughts and suggestions for helping those with autism to live more fulfilling lives and to help their relatives find a greater understanding.

We now have this book available to borrow in our library, along with a wide range of other books on autism and other special needs. Why not take a look at our book list?