I have been researching into library’s that loan out toys specifically for special needs children and found two in Sydney: Penrith and Holroyd.
They specialise in providing toys for children with disabilities and high support needs. Featuring switch-adapted, sensory and educational toys, children will delight in making them function through lighting up, playing sounds and movement. Through hands-on play, they can build valuable problem-solving, coordination, reasoning, numeracy, literacy and fine motor skills.
A specialised outreach service is available (Penrith), with the Toy Library Coordinator providing home visits for families living in the Penrith area or one-on-one borrowing sessions by appointment and opportunities for extended loan periods. Referrals are required to access this service
Holroyd Toy Library – 9896 0083
Penrith Toy Library – Toy Co-ordinator 0418 664 879
I just got told about this service by my daughters speech therapist, the Feelix Library. They have “kits” you can borrow. Each kit contains the original picture storybook annotated with braille, an audio CD or DAISY recording of the story, some tactual aids to help the child enter the world of the story and a little handbook with tactile graphics so that children can tell the story to themselves or others.
The ‘Feelix Library’ for children is Vision Australia’s response to the need for very young children who are blind or have low vision, to have access to stories like their sighted peers. Parents and siblings can then share wonderful stories together with their child or sibling, and learn about braille. The echidna, called ‘Feelix’ is the symbol of the library, chosen because the echidna has poor vision with very good olfactory and tactual skills.
The name Feelix refers to the feeling of braille dots and the Feelix logo includes the words ‘I can feel the words’ in print and braille. Each child receives a small plastic echidna as their borrowing card – a tag is attached with their name and number brailled on it.
Membership of the Feelix library is open to all young children who are blind or have low vision (aged 0-7years) living in the States and Territories where Vision Australia operates.
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A friend recommended this book for my younger daughter whose sister spends a lot of time in hospital. Which can get quite boring for her, and upsets her routine.
The illustrations in this book are beautiful!