Posted: Wednesday 28th February 2018
Hertfordshire Libraries have developed a Visual Story for autistic users. Autism affects social and communication skills. Research conducted has showed that whilst people with autism are already more likely than other people to use a library, a few changes could lead to 92% increasing their use of their local library if some autism friendly adjustments were made.
With this is mind all staff have undertaken some training and the larger libraries in Hertfordshire have developed their own Visual Story for people with autism or learning difficulties to introduce them to their local library and to help break down any barriers they might have before they visit.
Local partners were consulted and their feedback has been used to help create the stories which have been customised for each individual library. Symbols have been used to simplify the story to make them easier for people to follow.
The stories are now available on the libraries webpages
World Autism Awareness Week falls between 26th March – April 2nd this year and libraries will be taking the opportunity to promote their stories during this week, please contact your local library to find out more or keep an eye on their Facebook page.
Autism and Asperger’s Friendly Books
We also have a number of Autism and Asperger's Friendly books in stock, here's just a few titles you can borrow or reserve now:
Al Capone Does my Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
When Moose Flanagan and his family move to Alcatraz Island, home to the prison and some well-known criminals, he is not hoping for much.
But, with some ingenious plans and the help of his new friends, things get quite exciting for Moose - particularly when his sister Natalie get involved.
It's raining cats and dogs : an autism spectrum guide to the confusing world of idioms, metaphors, and everyday expressions by Michael Barton
This is a witty and stylish insight into the mind of someone with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. It illustrates why people with ASDs have problems understanding common phrases and idioms that others accept unquestioningly as part of everyday speech.
The Curious incident of the dog in the night time
A murder mystery like no other, this novel features Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.
When he finds a neighbour's dog murdered, he sets out on a journey which will turn his whole world upside down.
The State of Grace by Rachel Lucas
Fifteen-year-old Grace is funny and plain-spoken. Just because she has Asperger's doesn't mean she's great at maths (she's not) or can draw the Eiffel Tower from memory (she can't).
Like any teenager, Grace just wants to fit in, so when it turns out that the cutest boy in school likes her, she finds herself falling in with the cool crowd. But with her dad away and her mum distracted there's no one at home to see Grace's younger sister spiralling out of control, and suddenly everything threatens to fall apart - unless Grace can fix things on her own.
The partner's guide to Asperger syndrome bySusan Moreno, Marci Wheeler and Kealah Parkinson
This work provides support and encouragement to those in a relationship with someone who has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome or who is suspected of having it.
How to look for a lost dog by Ann M. Martin
11-year-old Rose is autistic and struggles to understand her classmates. But when her father gives her a stray dog, which she names Rain, the dog becomes her best friend, her anchor in a confusing world.
So when Rain goes missing during a storm, Rose refuses to stop looking for her.
The London Eye mystery by Siobhan Dowd
When Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim get on board the London Eye, he turned and waved before getting on. But after half an hour it landed and everyone trooped off - but no Salim.
Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air?
Flamingo boy by Michael Morpurgo
This novel is set in the unique landscape of the Camargue in the South of France during WWII. There, a young autistic boy lives on his parents' farm among the salt flats, and the flamingos that live there.
There are lots of things he doesn't understand: but he does know how to heal animals. He loves routine, and music too: and every week he goes to market with his mother, to ride his special horse on the town carousel. But then the Germans come, with their guns, and take the town.
A soldier shoots a flamingo from the sky, and it falls to earth terribly injured. And even worse is to come: the carousel is damaged, the horses broken. For this vulnerable boy, everything is falling apart. Only there's a kind sergeant among the Germans - a man with a young boy of his own at home, a man who trained as a carpenter. Between them, perhaps boy and man can mend what has been broken - and maybe even the whole town.
This is a small selection of books available, other titles include:
The panicosaurus : managing anxiety in children including those with Asperger Syndrome by K.I. Al-Ghani
CBT to help young people with Asperger's syndrome (autism spectrum disorder) to understand and express affection : a manual for professionals by Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett
I know someone with autism by Sue Barraclough
How to fly with broken wings by Jane Elson
Fall down 7 times, get up 8 : a young man's voice from the silence of autism by Naoki Higashida
The reason I jump : one boy's voice from the silence of autism by Naoki Higashida
Freaks, geeks and Asperger syndrome : a user guide to adolescence by Luke Jackson
Looking after Louis written by Lesley Ely
Asperkids : an insider's guide to loving, understanding, and teaching children with Asperger syndrome by Jennifer Cook O'Toole
The asperkid's game plan : extraordinary minds, purposeful play ... ordinary stuff by Jennifer Cook O'Toole
The guide to good mental health on the autism spectrum by Jeanette Purkis, Emma Goodall, Jane Nugent
Dandelion clocks by Rebecca Westcott
Neurotribes : the legacy of autism and how to think smarter about people who think differently by Steve Silberman.
Car wash wish by Sita Brahmachari
I see things differently : a first look at autism by Pat Thomas
Isaac and his amazing Asperger superpowers! by Melanie Walsh
Can I tell you about autism? : a guide for friends, family and professionals by Jude Welton
My son's not rainman : one man, one autistic boy, a million adventures by John Williams
The autistic spectrum : a guide for parents and professionals by Lorna Wing.