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That dog has got a beard!

We’ve got a great new children’s book in our library that explores the consequences of being different. ‘That dog has got a beard!’ is all about Buster who feels sad and worried because every time he goes out for a walk people stop and stare at him. He doesn’t know why this is happening but with a little help from his family, he begins to realise that being different isn’t such a bad thing after all.

Author Natalie Ann Beattie told us a little bit about herself and the reasons why she wrote the story:

“First and foremost, I am a mother of two young children, Ethan and Isobelle. Ethan is 13 years old and Isobelle is 6. My son Ethan has Autism and ADHD, which are both very challenging and complex conditions. Before becoming a full-time mum and carer for Ethan, I was a Primary teacher for almost 10 years. I taught children from the age of 3 up to 11.

When my son was a little over 18 months things began to change, he stopped speaking and eating, and his behaviour became challenging and repetitive. I left my teaching to focus on his care, and at the tender age of 4 he was diagnosed with ASD and, two years later, ADHD. I have spent the last 10 years plus gathering all the appropriate help and support required to manage his condition and thus enable him to develop socially, as well as mentally and physically. As you can imagine, it has been an incredibly difficult and challenging journey for all of us. However, the time has come to use all those years of experience in a positive and fulfilling way.

“That dog has got a beard!” is essentially a story about a dog who, because of the way he looks attracts a lot of unwanted attention from other people. When the owners of the other dogs start talking about Buster’s beard and laugh at him, he becomes sad and worried and struggles to work out why he is different to everyone else. Fortunately, with the help and love of his family he learns to embrace his difference and become a happy dog once again.

The story is loosely based on some of the negative responses we have received as a family when we have gone out together with Ethan and something has triggered a ‘meltdown’. The frequent stares, snide remarks and hurtful comments have been devastating and a cruel reminder of the need for people to accept and become more aware of children and adults with autism. We have learned to embrace our son’s condition and to see him as a very special and wonderfully unique young person. I felt that now was the time for the rest of society to appreciate his autism and learn to celebrate, not mock, other people’s differences, whether they be physical, mental or behavioural. In essence, for society to accept him, not the other way around.

The second reason for my story is a simple one. Every time we go out for a walk with our Labradoodle, Buster, people stop and make a comment about his beard. The phrase ‘that dog has got a beard’ was one that I heard so many times that it sparked off the idea for the book. How often do you see a dog with a beard? Especially one that is 7 inches long! Buster is a wonderful dog and has an amazing temperament. He is loved wherever he goes and we are regularly invited to schools, mother and toddler groups, sports clubs and residential homes to do book readings. Buster is a hit with all ages.

Thank you Cerebra for including my book in your library.”

You can borrow ‘That dog has a beard!’ free of charge from our postal lending library.
You can also find out more on Natalie’s website and follow Buster’s adventures on his very own Facebook page .

Jonas enjoys sensory toys from our library

Jonas with fibre optics

Jonas with fibre optics

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”.

You can find out more information about our postal lending library on our website or by emailing [email protected].

 

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 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 [email protected].

Books on ADHD in the library

Check out the books on ADHD that you can borrow from our postal lending library for free.

For parents

  • L6329 & L6365 ADHD Living Without Brakes by Martin Kutscher
  • L6450 & L6578 Calm Your Hyperactive Child: coping with ADHD and other behavioural problems by Sabina Dosani
  • L6727 Power Parenting for Children with ADD/ADHD: a practical parent’s guide for managing difficult behaviours by Grad Flick
  • L6508 Helping Hyperactive Kids A Sensory Integration Approach: techniques and tips for parents and professionals by Lynn Horowitz
  • L6338 The ADD/ADHD Checklist: a practical reference for parents and teachers by Sandra Rief
  • L6400 ADHD Handbook for Families: a guide to communicating with professionals by Paul Weingartner
  • L6401 Step by Step Help For Your Children with ADHD: a self-help manual for parents by Cathy Lever-Bradbury
  • L6402 Helping Kids and Teens with ADHD by Joanne Steer
  • L6379 ADHD Homework Challenges Transformed: creative ways to achieve focus and attention by building on ADHD traits by Harriet Hope Green
  • L6459 What Causes ADHD? By Joel Nigg
  • L6559 The ADHD Parenting Handbook: practical advice for parents from parents by Colleen Alexander-Roberts
  • L6649 ADHD Does Not Exist: the truth about attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder by Richard Saul
  • L6715 The Family ADHD Solution: a scientific approach to maximizing your child’s attention and minimizing parental stress by Mark Bertin

Autobiographical

  • L6020 Marching to a Different Tune: diary about an ADHD boy by Jacky Fletcher
  • L6248 Only a Mother Could Love Him by Ben Polis
  • L6135 ADHD: an autobiography of survival by Dr Richard Kuendig
  • L6306 ADHD: a challenging journey by Anna Richards
  • L6507 The Boy From Hell: life with a boy with ADHD by Alison Thompson

For kids

  • C0216 Can I Tell You About ADHD? A guide for family friends and professionals by Susan Varney
  • C0117 Girls Guide to ADHD by Beth Walker
  • C0062 Putting on the Brakes: young peoples guide to understanding ADHD by Patricia Quinn
  • C0061 Jumpin Johnny Get Back To Work by Michael Gordon

Novels for kids

  • C0058 Sparkys Excellent Misadventures by Phyllis Carpenter
  • C0059 Eagle Eyes: a child’s guide to paying attention by Jeanne Gehret
  • C0069 Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
  • C0070 Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos
  • C0071 What Would Joey Do? By Jack Gantos

Sensory Items

  • Fidget Kits
  • Sensory Seeking Kits
  • Relaxation Sensory Kits

To borrow any of these books contact [email protected] or to find out more about our library look at 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
£9.99

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 [email protected].

Borrow books on Sensory Processing Disorder from our library

A list of books on sensory processing disorder to borrow for free from Cerebra's postal lending libraryThe library has more requests for books on sensory processing disorder than any other subject and the book ‘The Out of Sync Child’ by has been borrowed by more people than any other title.  We have lots of different books covering different aspects of sensory processing disorder.  If you would like to borrow any of them, please email [email protected]

Explaining sensory processing disorder

  • ‘The Out of Sync Child: recognising and coping with sensory processing disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz – L6326; L6447; L6448 & L6613
  • ‘The Sensory Processing Answerbook: practical answers to the top 250 questions parents ask by Tara Delaney – L6465 & L6604

Practical advice and sensory integration

  • ‘Too Loud Too Bright Too Fast Too Tight: what to do if you are sensory defensive in an over-stimulating world’ by Sharon Heller – L6441
  • ‘Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration’ by Ellen Yack – L6235 & L6603
  • ‘Raising a Sensory Smart Child: a definitive handbook for helping your child with sensory processing disorder issues’ by Lindsey Biel
  • ‘Parenting a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder’ by Christopher Auer – L6355
  • ‘The Out of Synd Child Had Fun: activities for kids with sensory processing disorder’ by Carol Stock Kranowitz – L6384
  • ‘Early Intervention Games: fun joyful ways to develop social and motor skills in children with ASD or sensory processing disorder’ by Barbara Sher – L6558
  • Sensory Stories for Children and Teens with Special Educational Needs: a practical guide by Joanne Grace – L6600 & L6632
  • ‘Gardening for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Special Needs: engaging with nature to combat anxiety promote sensory integration and building social skills’ by Natasha Etherington – L6581
  • ‘Helping Hyperactive Kids – A Sensory Integration Approach: techniques and tips for parents and professionals’ by Lynn Horowitz – L6508

Especially for schools

  • ‘Practical Sensory Programmes for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Special Needs’ by Sue Larkey – L6474

Autobiography

  • ‘Coming Through the Fog: a mother shares her journey of her daughter’s recovery from autism and sensory processing disorder to functioning recovery and independent living while providing helpful tips for other parents’ by Tami Goldstein

For kids

  • ‘Sensory Smarts: a book for kids with ADHD or ASD struggling with sensory integration problems’ by Kathleen Chara – C0191
  • ‘Ellie Bean the Drama Queen’ by Jennie Harding – C0184
  • ‘This is Gabriel: making sense of school a book about sensory processing disorder’ by Hartley Steiner – C0241

Clinical theory

  • Sensory Integration Theory and Practice 2nd Edition by Anita Bundy – L6463
  • ‘Sensory Processing Challenges: effective clinical work with kids and teens’ by Lindsey Biel – L6534

To find out more about our library visit our library pages or take a look at the rest of our monthly booklists.

Books in the library on autism

Library booksWe have a great number of books on autism in the library.  Here are just a few of the most popular ones:

  • L6178 – A Will of His Own: reflections on parenting a child with autism by Kelly Harland
  • L6133 – Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum by Chantal Sicile-Kira
  • L6179 – Animal Assisted Interventions for Individuals with Autism by Merope Pavlides
  • L6428 – Autism Spectrum Disorders Through the Life Span by Digby Tantam
  • L6015 – Autism Spectrum Disorders: the complete guide by Chantal Sicile-Kira
  • L6359 – Autism the Facts by Simon Baron-Cohen
  • L6221 – Autism: a very short introduction by Uta Frith
  • L6027 – Autism: facts and strategies for parents by Janice E Janzen
  • L6496 – Carly’s Voice: breaking through autism by Arthur Fleischmann
  • L6337 – Children with Autism: a parents’ guide by Micheal D Powders
  • L6583 – Colour Coding for Learners with Autism: a resource book for creating meaning through colour at home and school by Adele Devine
  • C0193 – Explaining Autism by Robert Snedden
  • L6581 – Gardening for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Special Needs by Natasha Etherington
  • L6514 – George and Sam by Charlotte Moore
  • L6256 – Growing up Severely Autistic: they call me Gabriel by Kate Rankin
  • L6595 – Navigating the Medical Maze with a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Sue Ming
  • L6255 & L6332 – Playing Laughing and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum by Julia Moore
  • L6532 – Raising to New Heights of Communication and Learning for Children with Autism by Carol Spears
  • L6498 – Silently Seizing: common unrecognised and frequently missed seizures and their potentially damaging impact on individuals with autism spectrum disorders by Caren Haines
  • L6392 – Sleep Difficulties and the Autism Spectrum Disorder by Kenneth Aitken
  • L6405 & L6614 – Speak Move Play and Learn with Children on the Autism Spectrum by Lois Jean Brady
  • C0091 – Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm
  • L6526 – The Anger Box: sensory turmoil and pain in autism by Phoebe Caldwell
  • L6491 – The Autistic Brain: thinking across the spectrum by Temple Grandin
  • L6495 – The Reason I Jump: one boy’s challenge from the silence of autism by Naoki Higashida
  • L6077 – The Siege: a family’s journey into the world of an autistic child by Clara Claibourne
  • L6186 – Through the Eyes of Aliens: a book about autistic people by Jasmine Lee ONeill
  • L6267 & L6308 – Understanding Autism for Dummies by Stephen Shore
  • L6207 – Voices From the Spectrum: parents, grandparents, siblings, people with autism by Cindy Ariel
  • L6174 – Why Does Chris Do That? by Tony Attwood
  • L6591 – Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs by Louise Goldberg

DVDS

  • AV6399 – A is for Autism by Tim Webb
  • AV6136 & AV6539 – Autism and Me by Rory Hoy
  • AV6397 – Living Along the Autism Spectrum

If you would like to borrow any of these books, it is free, just contact Jan on [email protected]

We also have many books on High Functioning Autism and Aspergers, that are not necessarily covered in this list.