As more becomes known about various types of additional support needs children have (i.e. Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Dyslexia), it can feel bewildering for parents, carers and a child’s extended support network to know how to best support their child. They can feel that they don’t want to do anything in case it is the wrong thing and makes matters worse.

However a range of excellent books aimed at parents and carers of children with additional support needs is available within the Western Isles and Callum Urquhart, an Educational Psychologist, will be visiting a number of libraries across the Western Isles to discuss the collection and provide examples of how some of the books can be used by parents and carers to support their children.

The Dr You collection also has books for others in a child’s life as well as written specifically for the child themselves.

All are welcome to the sessions - parents, carers, grandparents, aunties, uncles and family friends. You may already provide support to a child with additional support needs or you may just want to find out more.

Children and young people may also want to attend, however the sessions will aimed at adults. Additional shorter sessions for children and young people themselves planned for the future.  

The ‘Dr You: Family Collection’ offers a wide range of information books on a range of topics; including worry, anger, autism, dyspraxia and Tourette’s, among others.  There are books for families and carers as well as picturebooks for sharing with children. Here are a few from the collection:

Autistic Planet by Jennifer Elder

Autistic Planet is a magical world where all trains run exactly to time, where people working in offices have rocking chairs, and where all kids dream of winning the chess World Cup. Join us on a journey to this alternative reality, where being different is ordinary, and being "typical" is unheard of!

 Full of colour illustrations and written in child-friendly rhyme, this book is ideal for children aged 6 and over.    

Fun with Messy Play: Ideas and Activities for Children with Special Needs by Tracey Beckerleg    

Funny smells, sticky hands and squishy textures are all part of the way in which children develop sensory awareness. "Fun with Messy Play" is an exciting activity book that heightens the sensory perception of children with special needs through the imaginative use of everyday 'messy' materials like baked beans, condensed milk, jelly or glue.  The activities in this book are fun for children and help to improve their coordination, communicative and cognitive abilities, as well as their self-esteem and social skills.

A full booklist of the collection is available from any library or from the library website.  If a book isn’t immediately available, you can reserve it and we can send it to your closest branch or mobile library.

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