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Get a good night’s sleep with help from our library

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

Fibre optics

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.

Mood egg

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
tactile items.

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 janetp@cerebra.org.uk or 01267 244203.

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/

Resources – November 2015

ResourcesOur monthly round-up of useful resources for parents of children and young people with neurological conditions.

Plain Facts
A magazine and tape for people with learning difficulties, describing research topics of interest, (Norah Fry Research Centre, Bristol).

“What good looks like in psychological services for children, young people and their families”
A new handbook published by the British Psychological Society as psychological services are under review, (links to a free download).

Grow Wild UK
Grants of £1,000 to £4,000 for community wild flower projects.  Closing date for Spring 2016 projects, 1 December 2015, (Lemos & Crane with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew).

Book on Autism
A parent has recommended to us a new book on autism, “Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently”, by Steve Silberman. It won the 2015 Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction and has attracted some high-profile reviews, for example The Guardian at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/aug/23/neurotribes-legacy-autism-steve-silberman-book-review-saskia-baron. The reference given by our parent member was: http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/id/Neurotribes/9781760113636.

Top tips for getting around on public transport
A short video for young people with autism, (Ambitious About Autism, myVoice project).

Five tips that helped improve my child’s behaviour
From a mother of two boys with autism, (Autism Speaks).

Seasonal resources

Cold Weather Plan for 2015-16
This year, pregnant mothers are classed as one of the vulnerable groups.  The Plan follows NICE (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) guidance and the strategy “Cutting the cost of keeping warm” by the Dept for Energy and Climate Change.  It includes a system of cold weather alerts for England.

Epilepsy and Flashing Lights
Short article about minimising any risk of a seizure triggered by festive flashing lights, electronic screens or fast-changing light and dark patterns, (Dr Fergus Rugg-Gunn, Epilepsy Society).

DIY Sensory Play
Five recipes for play materials to make at home for children with sensory difficulties (playdough, finger paints etc.), (Multi-Sensory World).  There are some small sensory presents for sale on the same website, and a blog with tips on dealing with sensory issues).

Sensory Toy Warehouse
More small sensory items.

8 presents for young children with cerebral palsy
A parent’s article about toys that her son enjoys, followed by a comments section where other parents share their successful ideas, (“Mrboosmum”).

Sensory toys
Autism West Midlands are selling a Christmas Sensebox and Glowbox.

Special needs and special occasions
Ideas for where family gatherings, etc. might be awkward. Other potentially stress-busting articles are referenced at the bottom of the webpage (Terri Mauro, About.com).

Jack Loves his New Sensory Equipment

Jack Bull in his dark den

Jack Bull in his dark den

Little Jack loves his new sensory toys, funded by Cerebra.

Five year old Jack Bull has Autistic Spectrum Disorder as well as some sensory problems. His condition means that Jack is non verbal and is very over active, often finding it very difficult to relax. This had meant that family life was often difficult, especially when it came to bed time!

Jack’s mum Claire contacted Cerebra and we were able to help to provide funding for sensory equipment for Jack through our Grant Scheme. This meant that Claire was able to purchase a Dark Den and starter projection kit for Jack and the positive effect that this has had on Jack is already noticeable.

Claire told us: “The Dark Den enables Jack to have his own dark, calm place to retreat to and desensitise. We put in the fibre optic strands and some cushions inside along with his weighted blanket as Jack loves to burrow away and he enjoys his own space. Jack is very visual and he is mesmerised by the display from the projector. He settles down, relaxes and enjoys the various visual effects and images. He then seems calmer and more chilled out. This is perfect to relax Jack before bed as he struggles to switch off. We use the projector everyday without fail.”

As a result of using the sensory equipment daily, Jack’s behaviour has shown remarkable improvement. Not only has this improved family life but Jack himself seems a lot happier now that he has his own space in which to relax.

Cerebra’s grant scheme funds up to 80% of the cost of equipment and services to help make life easier and more enjoyable for children with neurological conditions. We provide a range of equipment from trikes to walking frames – anything that will directly benefit your child and shouldn’t be provided by someone else such as the NHS, Social Services, LEA.

You can find out more about our grants scheme here.

Boshier Hinton Fund Sensory Toys

cic-nav-lightThe Boshier-Hinton Foundation have funded sensory equipment for Cerebra’s Library.

Cerebra’s Postal Lending Library is a valuable service which offers resources to parents free of charge.

As well as offering specialist titles, the library also has a fantastic range sensory toys.  Of these toys, the ‘Sensory in a Suitcase’ and bubble tubes have proven very popular with families which can result in long waiting lists.

Thanks to generous funding from The Boshier-Hinton Foundation we can now purchase a further sensory suitcase. The suitcases house a wealth of sensory equipment ideal for therapy, education and play activities.

From the visual display of the Space Projector and coloured fibre optics, the interaction with tactile balls and paper packs through to the calming sounds of natural music, the suitcase is an Aladdin’s cave of sensory stimuli.

Thanks to this support, more families will now be able to benefit.