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.
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.”
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”.
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.
We recently received some funding from Children in Need to purchase some new toys for our Postal Lending Library. Check out some of them in the video below. If you would like more information about our Postal Lending Library, please contact Jan on [email protected].
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”.
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
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].
The 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
‘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
‘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
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