Autism-friendly sessions at Tile Hill


Published Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Families with autistic children can benefit from weekly activity sessions and an autism friendly environment, at Tile Hill library.

Tile hill library autism-friendly

Families with autistic children can benefit from weekly activity sessions and an autism friendly environment, at Tile Hill library.

Library staff run drop-in craft and activity sessions after school on a Tuesday and are spreading the word so others can join in.

Megan, who lives close to the library and is in year 7 at school, loves coming along to the sessions, which have become part of her routine.

She said: “I really like coming here as it’s fun. I like colouring and the library has bean bags, cushions, nice staff, a tent, tablets and there’s drinks.’

Library Manager, Jaspal Ram, has taken on board national guidelines and worked with parents to reorganise the library and use funding to put in a special sensory tent, wobble cushions and bean bags, iPads with educational apps developed for autism and extended the range of high-low books, which are aimed at those with high interest but low level reading ability.

Jaspal said: “I’m really proud of all my staff for their positive attitude in making changes to help people. We’ve done some simple things, such as having a notice board with our photographs and names on which people with autism have told us helps ease their anxiety, a clear map showing the layout of the library and equipment that helps them benefit more from the library.’

‘’All members of staff have been trained in how to better deal with and support people with autism, and members of the public have been really understanding. Using public spaces can be daunting to those with autism and we’ve tried to make the library as welcoming as possible.”

Sessions are held from 4.30-5.30 on Tuesdays in term time only and are free to attend.

A range of books for adults and children with autism can be found at www.coventry.gov.uk/autismbooks



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