We have some exciting new switch toys in the
library. Switches are accessible for all
abilities, making them perfect for your child to explore cause and effect. Whether your child responds to lights, music
or movement they are going to love the new switch toys.
We have also been able to replace some of the older toys and the all new Picture Wheel Projectors can also be operated with a switch.
Switch Adapted Spinning Gem Sphere
A switch operated toy with coloured lights that rotates. Press the switch to spin the sphere and watch the lights. Also great in the dark. Mains electric Quantity: 2
Switch Adapted Dancing BeatBo
Dance and Move BeatBo is a great playtime pal for singing, dancing, moving and grooving! Use up to 3 switches to activate his three modes ‘Dance and Move’ ‘Learning and Games’ and ‘SingAlong’. BeatBo features a ‘light up’ tummy panel of changing colours. Three detachable switches included. Battery operated Quantity: 2
Picture Wheel Projector
This LED projector is energy efficient and cool running. It comes with 3 picture wheels. The rotator can be stopped and reversed for different effects. Can also be used with the picture wheel for shadow work. It can also be operated with a switch. A switch is included. Mains electric Quantity: 2
You can find more information about our library including how you can join and start borrowing books and sensory toys here.
Thursday 7th March is World Book Day and we have lots of story books that are suitable for children of all ages available to borrow from our Library.
Sometimes by Rebecca Elliott
A colourful picture book
for young children.
“Toby knows his sister
Clemmie is very brave. When she has to
go to hospital, they both have to help each other face their fears. Together they make hospital a much better
Avery by Marta Altes
A lovely picture book for
“Avery is like other birds
most of the time, but sometimes, feels a bit different. But Avery is not alone”.
The Five of Us by Quentin Blake
An illustrated story for
“Angie, Ollie, Simona,
Mario and Eric are five fantastic friends, each of whom has an unusual
ability. Disaster strikes on a day out
to the countryside but, working together and combining their individual powers,
the Fantastic Five save the day”.
5 to 8 year-olds
Ellie Bean the Drama Queen: how Ellie learned to keep calm and not overreact by Jennie Harding
A story explaining sensory
processing disorder for 5 to 8 year olds.
“This cute children’s book
offers insights into Ellie’s “dramatic” behaviours and provides easy sensory
answers for parents and teachers alike.
Ellies’s story brings home what it’s like to grow up with sensory issues
and helps a child to understand that he or she is not alone”.
Ian’s Walk A Story About Autism by Laurie Lears
A story explaining autism
for children aged 5 to 8
“Julie can’t wait to go to
the park. But she’s not sure she wants
to take her little brother, Ian, who has autism. Ian does things differently. At the park, he doesn’t like the tickle of a
soft feather, but he loves to lie down and press his cheek against the hard
sidewalk. It’s hard for Julie to
understand Ian. But when he gets lost,
Julie discovers that seeing the world differently, through Ian’s eyes, is the
best way to find him”.
My Brother is Autistic by Jennifer Moore Mallinos
An illustrated story for
siblings aged 5 to 8 who have a brother or sister with autism
“Having a brother with
autism can sometimes be hard, especially when he freaks out in front of other
kids at school. It can be so
embarrassing! Maybe if the kids knew
more about autism they’d stop teasing and making fun of Billy and just be
8 to 12 year-olds
Lulu and the Wishing Star by Pippa Fern
A heartwarming story about
disability for children aged 8 to 12
“When Lulu and Sam make a
wish to the Wishing Star, the young and trendy, guitar-playing fairy,
Rock’n’roll-rockety-roo’ appears. She
grants their wish (well… sort of) but in her rush to catch a rock concert,
forgets to leave instructions. Can Lulu
and Sam figure out their newfound powers in time to save their friend?”
Jumpin’ Johnny Get Back to Work! A Child’s Guide to ADHD/Hyperactivity by Michael Gordon
A fun story explaining
ADHD for 8 to 12 year olds
“This story is told by a
youngster who truly struggles to achieve, but doesn’t always meet with success
and acceptance. Although he moves
through the day experiencing frustration and embarrassment, he still maintains
his sense of humour and spirit of determination”.
The Panicosaurus by K I Al-Ghani
A story about managing
anxiety for children with Asperger Syndrome aged 8 to 12
“Sometimes the Panicosaurus tricks Mabel’s brain into panicking about certain challenges, such as walking past a big dog on the street or when her favourite teacher is not at school. With the help of Smartosaurus, who lets her know there is really nothing to be afraid of, Mabel discovers different ways to manage Panicosaurus, and defeat the challenges he creates for her”.
If you’d like to borrow any of these books, completely free of charge, contact our librarian on [email protected]. To find out more about the library check out our library page.
Our librarian Jan reviews two new books you can borrow from our postal lending library.
‘There are Things I Know’ by Karen B Golightly
What happens when a man you’re sure you’ve never met before picks you up from your school trip and says you mum has gone to heaven and you have to go to a new school? Well if your mum has taught you The Survival Game, you are good at maths and love computer games surely things will work out OK. Told by 8 year old Pepper who has his own way of looking at the world. Can he work out how to find his mum and older brother and sister? He may love helping out with the chickens and the teachers at his new school but does he really believe his mum is in heaven? There are things he knows and he knows that his mum is not dead. An intense read that keeps you in suspense right up to the end.
Eye Can Write by Jonathan Bryan
This is a very special book written by a 12 year old boy who is unable to talk or write, he has spelt out letter by letter using a spelling board. You can watch him doing it on his blog.
In the book you really get a sense of Jonathon’s love for life. He tells us about the inner world he inhabited before he was able to communicate and how it felt to finally be able to interact with his family and the world around him. He writes with joy about his sisters and his friend at the special school, Will. Jonathon tells us about the long process of learning to use the spelling board and how frustrating he finds eye-gaze technology.
He has won several awards including a ‘Diana Legacy Ward’ presented to him by Princes William and Harry and tells us about his experience of that night. And he writes about ‘Teach Us Too’, the charity he fronts that aims to promote the teaching of literacy to all children, regardless of their disability. We are sure to hear more from this remarkable young man in the years to come.
Join our librarian Jan (and teddy) as she talks through the different books and sensory equipment we have in our library that could help your child to sleep.
Books on sleep
L1676 – Treating Sleep Disorders: principle and practice of behaviour sleep medicine by M L Perlis
L6107 – The New Baby and Toddler Sleep Programme by John Pearce
L6315 & L6531 – Solving Children’s Sleep Problems: a step by step guide for parents by Lyn Quine
L6324 – Teach Your Child to Sleep: solving sleep problems from newborn through childhood by Millpond Children’s Sleep Clinic
L6325 – Sleep Disturbances in Children and Adolescents with Disorders of Development: its significance and management by Gregory Stores
L6367 – A Clinical Guide to Pediatric Sleep Diagnosis and Management of Sleep Problems by Jodi A Mindell
L6392 – Sleep Difficulties and the Autism Spectrum Disorder by Kenneth Aitken
L6605 & L6606 – Sleep Better: a guide to improving sleep for children with special needs by Mark Durrant
L6694 – The Gentle Sleep Book: a guide for calm babies toddlers and pre-schoolers by Sarah Ockwell- Smith
L6730 – Sleep? What’s That? The incidence and impact of sleep problems in families of disabled children by Gillian Cowdell
L6740 – Why We Sleep? The new science of sleep and dreams by Matthew Walker
Relaxing sensory toys
The most widely accessible of all the sensory equipment. Consists of a light box and 100 two metre fibre optic strands. Features LED lights and plastic ‘sparkle’ effect strands with an automatic colour change cycle. Safe to
handle for children of all ages. Ideal for holding the child’s attention and good for those with sensory avoidance.
New in the library, this robust plastic egg is 42cm high and can be used indoors or outdoors. It is operated using a remote control. You can choose individual colours or a colour changing cycle. It comes with a recharging
station, each charge of 6 hours provides 8 hours of light
NB includes a flashing mode not suitable for those with photosensitive epilepsy.
Relaxation Sensory Kit
Contains all you need to create a calming environment. Includes weighted dolphin neck wrap, microwave heatable animal, aromatherapy diffuser with lavender oil, kid’s relaxation CDs, sand timer and other calming
Sensory in a Suitcase
Our most popular item. The suitcase contains a wealth of sensory equipment to relax and stimulate. Can be used for therapy, education and play activities. Contents include: fibre optic lights; UV torch and UV reactive items; Space Projector; aromatherapy diffuser and oils; mood pod projector with coloured lights;
natural sounds CDs and a variety of sound and tactile items. Most, but not all, also have a pin spot lamp and mirror ball.
To borrow any of these books or sensory toys contact Jan on [email protected] or 01267 244203.
Jonas’ parents recently contacted our postal lending library to borrow some sensory lights. Mum Jolanta and dad Andrej told us their story.
”Jonas is a 2 year old boy who has CDKL5 disorder. CDKL5 is a rare x- linked genetic disorder that results in early onset, difficult to control seizures, low muscle tone and severe neurodevelopmental impairment.
Most children with CDKL5 do not walk, almost all do not talk and they have a range of other symptoms. Sadly Jonas has a cortical visual impairment (CVI) and can’t hold his head up yet. Unfortunately there is no treatment for his condition.
As a parents we are looking for all available options how we can help our son to enjoy life as much as possible. At the same time we want to improve his vision and that is a reason that we decided to try to borrow the fibre optics from Cerebra library.
And it was amazing! Jonas enjoyed fibre optics so much and it helped his therapy to stimulate his vision”.
Are you looking for ways to entertain the children this summer? Did you know that you can borrow children’s books from our postal lending library? Check out some of the fab books we have available to borrow for free.
Age 5 – 8
The Five of Us by Quentin Blake
Angie, Ollie, Simon, Mario and Eric are five fantastic friends, each of whom has an unusual ability. Disaster strikes on a day out to the countryside but, working together and combining their individual powers the Fantastic Five save the day.
Avery by Marta Altes
Avery is like other birds most of the time, but sometimes, feels a bit different. But Avery is not alone.
Eagle Eyes by Jeanne Gehret
Like a river overflowing its banks, Ben wreaks havoc until he learns to recognise and control his ADHD. By the end of the book, Ben’s family wonders how they could have gotten along without his special way of seeing the world.
Age 8 -12
Of Mice and Aliens by Kathy Hoopman
When Ben and Andy discover an alien has crash landed in the backyard they’re faced with a problem. They want to help Zeke repair his ship, but why does he ask for such strange things? Can they trust him? This is a book of mystery and fun with Ben learning to cope with his newly diagnosed Asperger Syndrome and Zeke trying to cope with life on Earth, things are not always what they seem.
Monkey by Veronica Bennett
Harry Pritchard may be bullied at school and bored at home, but he’s not exactly thrilled when his mother volunteers him to visit a severely disabled patient of hers. She says it’ll do Harry good. But how can it end the bullying? Of get him a part in the drama club play? Or win the attentions of Louise Harding, the girl of his dreams? Well, Harry is in for some big surprises!
Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman
Shawn has severe cerebral palsy. No control over his muscles, no means of communication, no hope of improvement. Yet humour, joy and love sit alongside frustration in Shawn’s mind. His internal life is full of unseen pleasures, but his father perceives only the devastation of an uninhabited body. And Shawn suspects that as his father’s sorrow builds, so does his desire to act…
Age 13 plus
Haze by Kathy Hoopman
Seb is a loner. Brilliant with numbers but hopeless with people, he prefers the company of computers and his only friend Guzzle. Thing change for the better when he makes friends with Kristie, Madeline and Jen, and a new computer teacher, Miss Adonia arrives. However, Seb is soon caught up in a web of computer fraud and lies and turns to Madeline’s mysterious cyber friend for help.
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Twelve year old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She’s spent years trying to teach David the rules from “a peach is not a funny-looking apple” to “no toys in the fish tank”. But the summer Catherine meets Kristi, the potential next-door friend she’s always wished for, her own behaviour turns everything upside down and forces her to ask “what is normal?”
Trueman Bradley – Aspie Detective by Alexi Maxim Russell
Trueman leaves his hometown of Heartville, Illinois and arrives in New York City where he is soon told that a guy with AS could not possibly succeed as a detective. However, it’s not long before Trueman’s crime-fighting skills are put to the test when he is robbed on this first day in New York and he sets about using his exceptional mathematical abilities to invent a crime-fighting equation.
e-books with BorrowBox
‘I am Not Joey Pigza’ and ‘The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza’ by Jack Gantos
‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ by Mark Haddon
e-audiobooks with BorrowBox
‘Rent a Bridesmaid’ and ‘Clover Moon’ by Jacqueline Wilson
‘Who Killed Darius Drake’ and ‘Freak the Mighty’ by Rodman Philbrick
BorrowBox is great new service we offer that means you can now borrow ebooks and audiobooks from us. You can read or listen to books using the BorrowBox app on your smartphone or tablet or from your computer on their website. Last month we featured some non-fiction books available to borrow from our BorrowBox library. This month we’re featuring two of the fiction books you can borrow from us.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Los Angeles Times Book Prize 2003
Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book Award and Best First Book Award 2004
Whitbread Book of the Year Award 2003
Whitbread Novel Award 2003
“Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the colour yellow.
Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbour’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally”
“A new coach is needed – but what can a wheelchair basketball champion teach Fergus and friends about cycling?
Fergus is sure their new coach is going to be his ultimate hero, cycle champ ‘Spokes’ Sullivan, so when Grandpa introduces Charlotte Campbell, the children are all less than impressed. Charlie is the successful captain of the Paralympic wheelchair basketball team and has some interesting training methods. She gets the team doing yoga and wheelbarrow races, and enters them in the Wreck-It Run, a charity race where everyone creates their own adapted bikes from parts and must compete in pairs. Fergus is sure Charlie is off her rocker – how will this help them get faster for the International time trials?”
We are so pleased to offer a new service in our library. You can now borrow ebooks and audiobooks from us with BorrowBox. You can read or listen to books using the BorrowBox app on your smartphone or tablet or from your computer on their website.
The Out-of-Sync Child is very popular book in our library and now you can borrow it as an audiobook.
From the Trade Paperback edition:
“Does your child exhibit over-responsivity–or under-responsivity–to touch or movement? A child with SPD may be a “sensory avoider,” withdrawing from touch, refusing to wear certain clothing, avoiding active games–or he may be a “sensory disregarder,” needing a jump start to get moving.
Over-responsivity–or under-responsivity–to sounds, sights taste, or smell? She may cover her ears or eyes, be a picky eater, or seem oblivious to sensory cues. Cravings for sensation? The “sensory craver” never gets enough of certain sensations, e.g., messy play, spicy food, noisy action, and perpetual movement. Poor sensory discrimination? She may not sense the difference between objects or experiences–unaware of what she’s holding unless she looks, and unable to sense when she’s falling or how to catch herself.
Unusually high or low activity level? The child may be constantly on the go–wearing out everyone around him–or move slowly and tire easily, showing little interest in the world. Problems with posture or motor coordination? He may slouch, move awkwardly, seem careless or accident-prone.
These are often the first clues to Sensory Processing Disorder–a common but frequently misdiagnosed problem in which the central nervous system misinterprets messages from the senses. The Out-of-Sync Child offers comprehensive, clear information for parents and professionals–and a drug-free treatment approach for children.”
“Written by a pediatrician and based in proven-effective mindfulness techniques, this book will help you and your child with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) keep calm, flexible, and in control.
If you are a parent of a child with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you probably face many unique daily challenges. Kids with ADHD are often inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive, since ADHD affects all of self-management and self-regulation. As a result, you might become chronically frustrated or stressed out, which makes caring for ADHD that much harder. In this book, a developmental pediatrician presents a proven-effective program for helping both you and your child with ADHD stay cool and collected while remaining flexible, resilient, and mindful.
Bertin addresses the various symptoms of ADHD using non-technical language and a user-friendly format. In addition, he offers guidelines to help you assess your child’s strengths and weaknesses, create plans for building skills and managing specific challenges, lower stress levels for both yourself and your child, communicate effectively, and cultivate balance and harmony at home and at school.
If you are a parent, caregiver, or mental health professional, this book provides a valuable guide.”