April is Autism Awareness Month

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neuro-developmental condition that impacts on child development in a number of key areas, including communication, social interaction and repetitive patterns of behaviour.

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Every Autistic person is different to every other. This is why Autism is described as a ‘spectrum’.

While Autism is a complex lifelong developmental disability, with appropriate support children and adults with Autism can make significant progress and live fulfilling lives. Consequently, it is important that people with Autism have access to specialist services that understand their needs and help develop their skills and strengths.

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People who are on the Autism spectrum often have sensory sensitivities, making loud or crowded places very challenging for them. When they experience sensory overload they can react suddenly, and this is often referred to as a ‘meltdown’.

Many people learn to manage these sensitivities. Your Library collection holds many items which can help – just search the Catalogue or ask a friendly staff member!

Did you know that Success Library offers a Multi-sensory Story Time for preschool-aged children on the spectrum?

 

Your library holds many books, DVDs and other resources about and for people on the spectrum. Here are just a few:
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