World Autism Awareness Day

Today is World Autism Awareness Day so we thought we would add our support to the day by letting you know what services we have available in our libraries for parents and carers of children with autism and aspergers.

Autism/Aspergers Advice Sessions
We run monthly sessions in partnership with STARS (Specialist Teachers Autism Response Service) at our Central Library. At these sessions you can meet other parents, the STARS team, Leeds ABC support group and library staff as well as learning how to use Boardmaker software. These sessions are a lovely opportunity to share ideas and resources with other parents of children with autism/aspergers. The sessions run from 10am until 12noon and there is no need to book, just drop in and stay as long as you want. The next few dates for the sessions are: 4th April, 2nd May, 6th June, 4th July. Come along, we would love to meet you!

Boardmaker Software
We have boardmaker software installed at all our libraries. Boardmaker is a package that allows you to design and make your own visual resources for your child. Ask in your local Leeds library about it. If you need additional help getting started we can also help with that.

Information Books
We have lots of information books that you can borrow, these are just a few:-
All because of Henry: my story of struggle and triumph with two autistic children..by Nuala Gardner
The ASD workbook: understanding your autism spectrum disorder by Penny Kershaw
Autism: a parent’s guide by Hilary Hawkes
Autism: a practical guide to improving your child’s quality of life by Jonathan Tommey
Autism life skills: 10 essential abilities your child with autism needs to learn by Chantal Sicile-Kira
A friend’s and relative’s guide to supporting the family with autism by Ann Palmer
Raising children with Asperger’s syndrome and high functioning autism..by Yuko Yoshida
Small changes – big challenges: helping children with autism spectrum conditions through everday transitions by John Smith
Sleep well on the autism spectrum: how to recognise common sleep difficulties…by Kenneth J Aitken
Stand up for autism: a boy, a dog and a prescription for laughter by Georgina J Derbyshire

We also of course have lots of activities going on in our libraries for families and children to which all are welcome. Visit the events page on our website to find activities and events in your area.

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