Author Archives: Leigh Mulvihill

Our innovation team design the Boccia ramp of the future

Daniel Cuthbertson and Gerallt Devonald, Paralympic champion David Smith and Welsh champion Richard Bachelor with our new boccia rampThe CIC team have been working hard to create a high tech Boccia Ramp. Boccia is a ball sport, similar to bowls, for people with severe physical disabilities.

The guys were challenged by a young man in Bristol who wanted to have more independence in the game. They took up the challenge and have created a ramp that will enable almost anyone to play, no matter the severity of their condition! Almost any ability to move any part of your body will allow you to play Boccia with a lot more independence due to the unique electronics and controlling devices the team have made.

Boccia players in the BC3 category ordinarily require an assistant to place the ball on the ramp at the required height, aim the ramp left and right according their directions and then they can launch the ball into play using a head pointer. Well now, the assistant merely has to pop the ball on the ramp, and using the super high tech controlling devices, the player can raise and lower the ball, aim left and right and shoot the ball.

Whilst not being fully integrated with the rules and regulations just yet, the team are working with the amazing Paralympic Champion, World Champion, and joint most successful UK player ever, David Smith MBE, to perfect the design and technology to ensure that the Boccia ramp of the future is a smashing hit!

Here are the design team’s Daniel Cuthbertson and Gerallt Devonald with David Smith and Richard Bachelor (Welsh Champion) who kindly gave up some of their training session to help us.

Daniel Cuthbertson and Gerallt Devonald, Paralympic champion David Smith and Welsh champion Richard Bachelor with our new boccia ramp

Do you have a project for the team at CIC? If so, get in touch on cic@cerebra.org.uk or 01792 783688.

Borrow fiction from our BorrowBox library

BorrowBox is great new service we offer that means you can now borrow ebooks and audiobooks from us. You can read or listen to books using the BorrowBox app on your smartphone or tablet or from your computer on their website. Last month we featured some non-fiction books available to borrow from our BorrowBox library. This month we’re featuring two of the fiction books you can borrow from us.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Winner of:

  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize 2003
  • Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book Award and Best First Book Award 2004
  • Whitbread Book of the Year Award 2003
  • Whitbread Novel Award 2003

“Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the colour yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbour’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally”

Borrow it as an ebook

The Wreck-It RaceThe Wreck-It Race by Sir Chris Hoy

Audiobook read by Sir Chris Hoy

“A new coach is needed – but what can a wheelchair basketball champion teach Fergus and friends about cycling?

Fergus is sure their new coach is going to be his ultimate hero, cycle champ ‘Spokes’ Sullivan, so when Grandpa introduces Charlotte Campbell, the children are all less than impressed. Charlie is the successful captain of the Paralympic wheelchair basketball team and has some interesting training methods. She gets the team doing yoga and wheelbarrow races, and enters them in the Wreck-It Run, a charity race where everyone creates their own adapted bikes from parts and must compete in pairs. Fergus is sure Charlie is off her rocker – how will this help them get faster for the International time trials?”

Borrow it as an audiobook

Find out more about BorrowBox on our library pages or email our librarian Jan at janetp@cerebra.org.uk.

BorrowBox is here!

We are so pleased to offer a new service in our library.  You can now borrow ebooks and audiobooks from us with BorrowBox. You can read or listen to books using the BorrowBox app on your smartphone or tablet or from your computer on their website.

Here are a couple of the books you can borrow.

The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz

The Out-of-Sync Child is very popular book in our library and now you can borrow it as an audiobook.

From the Trade Paperback edition:

“Does your child exhibit over-responsivity–or under-responsivity–to touch or movement? A child with SPD may be a “sensory avoider,” withdrawing from touch, refusing to wear certain clothing, avoiding active games–or he may be a “sensory disregarder,” needing a jump start to get moving.

Over-responsivity–or under-responsivity–to sounds, sights taste, or smell? She may cover her ears or eyes, be a picky eater, or seem oblivious to sensory cues. Cravings for sensation? The “sensory craver” never gets enough of certain sensations, e.g., messy play, spicy food, noisy action, and perpetual movement. Poor sensory discrimination? She may not sense the difference between objects or experiences–unaware of what she’s holding unless she looks, and unable to sense when she’s falling or how to catch herself.

Unusually high or low activity level? The child may be constantly on the go–wearing out everyone around him–or move slowly and tire easily, showing little interest in the world. Problems with posture or motor coordination? He may slouch, move awkwardly, seem careless or accident-prone.

These are often the first clues to Sensory Processing Disorder–a common but frequently misdiagnosed problem in which the central nervous system misinterprets messages from the senses. The Out-of-Sync Child offers comprehensive, clear information for parents and professionals–and a drug-free treatment approach for children.”

Mindful Parenting for ADHD: A Guide to Cultivating Calm, Reducing Stress, and Helping Children Thrive by Mark Bertin

From the Trade Paperback edition:

“Written by a pediatrician and based in proven-effective mindfulness techniques, this book will help you and your child with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) keep calm, flexible, and in control.

If you are a parent of a child with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you probably face many unique daily challenges. Kids with ADHD are often inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive, since ADHD affects all of self-management and self-regulation. As a result, you might become chronically frustrated or stressed out, which makes caring for ADHD that much harder. In this book, a developmental pediatrician presents a proven-effective program for helping both you and your child with ADHD stay cool and collected while remaining flexible, resilient, and mindful.

Bertin addresses the various symptoms of ADHD using non-technical language and a user-friendly format. In addition, he offers guidelines to help you assess your child’s strengths and weaknesses, create plans for building skills and managing specific challenges, lower stress levels for both yourself and your child, communicate effectively, and cultivate balance and harmony at home and at school.

If you are a parent, caregiver, or mental health professional, this book provides a valuable guide.”


Full details of how BorrowBox works and how to sign up are on our BorrowBox page. You can also view the full library of ebooks and audiobooks here.

New Books on Autism in the Library

library books

We have had a lot of requests to borrow books explaining autism recently, so we have purchased some brand new ones.

  • L6732 – A Parents’ ABC of the Autism Spectrum by Stephen Heydt published 2017
  • L6741 & L6742 – Talking with Your Child About Their Autism Diagnosis: a guide for parents by Raelene Dundon published 2018
  • L6743 – Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Autism Explained by Frederick Earlstein published 2017
  • L6745 & L6746 – Understanding Autism: the essential guide for parents by Katrina Williams published 2018
  • L6747 – The Parents’ Practical Guide to Resilience for Children aged 2-10 on the Autism Spectrum by Jeanette Purkis published 2018
  • C0275 – Creating Autism Champions: autism awareness training for Key Stage 1 and 2 by Joy Beaney published 2017 – includes photocopiable material and downloadable resources
  • C0290 – The ASD and Me Picture Book – a visual guide to understanding challenges and strengths for children on the autism spectrum by Joel Shaul published 2017 – includes photocopiable worksheets

If you would like to know more about our postal lending library please email Jan the Librarian on janetp@cerebra.org.uk or visit our library page.

Sensory toys for young children in our library

We have recently added a selection of toys suitable for the under 3s to our postal lending library.

Nursery Toy Kits

We now have three sets of nursery kits suitable for children aged 3-12 months, 12-24 months or 24-36 months. Each kit contains a range of colourful, stimulating toys for the under 3s for exploration, play and early education.

3 – 12 months

12 – 24 months

24 – 36 months

They may include battery operated items.

Bamba First Comforts – the first word in baby signing at home

We also have a new item in the Sensory Toy Library, a ‘Bamba First Comforts’ baby signing kit, kindly donated to us from a shop in Carmarthen, ‘Croeso Cynnes’.

The kit comes with a book, a dvd and a box of toys to teach the concepts of communication through play.

If you are interested in borrowing any of these items or have any queries about our library please email the Librarian at janetp@cerebra.org.uk

Full details about our library service can be found on the library page of our website https://www.cerebra.org.uk/help-and-information/library/

New look library lists

Take a look at our great new Library Lists. We’ve made some changes to make them more user friendly. We hope these changes will help you find the things you are interested in. The Library Book List and the Children’s Book List are ready now on our library page.

We have added more subject areas so you don’t have to look through long lists of book titles. Popular topics like sensory processing disorder and growing up now have their own sections. The Children’s Books List now have the books listed by subject area instead of by age group. So you can now find all the books for children on ‘behaviour’ or ‘feelings’ or ‘for siblings’ together.

If you are already a library member, why not take a look and let us know what you think. If you haven’t joined the library yet, why not take a look to see what we’ve got.

We are in the process of updating our Sensory Toy List which will have new write ups and information about the toys with pictures taken of the sensory toys here at Cerebra HQ. It will be available soon but in the meantime we have a temporary Sensory Toy List which includes all the great new and replacement toys purchased with the money we received from Children in Need.

New books in our library

We’ve got lots of great new books on a range of topics available to borrow now from our library.

Autism including Asperger Syndrome

AV6731 – Autism and Me (book & dvd)
Rory Hoy

L6732 – A Parents’ ABC of the Autism Spectrum
By Stephen Heydt
2017

L6728 – Toby and Sox: the heartwarming tale of a little boy with autism and a dog in a million
By Vikky Turner
2016

Communication

L6729 – Language for Thinking
By Stephen Parsons
2005

Education Teaching and Learning

L6733 – Provison Mapping and the SEND Code of Practice: making it work in primary secondary and special schools
By Anne Massey
2016

Growing Up

L6734 – When Young People With Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Hit Puberty: a parents’ Q&A guide to health sexuality and relationships
By Freddy Jackson
2016

Law and Rights

L6735 – Special Needs and Legal Entitlement: the essential guide to getting out of the maze
By Melinda Nettleton
2017

Personal Care including Feeding, Diet and Toilet Training

L6736 – What To Do About Smearing: a practical guide for parents and caregivers of people with autism developmental and intellectual disabilities
By Kate E Reynolds
2017

Sleep

L6730 – Sleep? What’s That? The incidence and impact of sleep problems in families of disabled children
By Gillian Cowdell
2007

Special Needs in General

L6737 – Achieving Successful Transitions for Young People with Disabilities: a practical guide
By Jill Hughes
2015

Therapies and Treatments including Medication

L6738 – Music Therapy for Multisensory and Body Awareness in Children and Adults with Severe to Profound Multiple Disabilities
By Roberta S Adler
2017

Children’s Books

Autism and Aspergers

C0273 – Through the Eyes of Me
Non-fiction
Age 5 and under

C0275 – Creating Autism Champions: autism awareness training for Key Stage 1 and 2
Non-fiction
Age 8 – 12

Feelings

C0276 – It’s Raining and I’m Okay: a calming story to help children relax when they go out and about
Fiction
Age 5 and under

If you’d like to borrow any of these books, completely free of charge, contact our librarian on janetp@cerebra.org.uk. To find out more about the library check out our library page.

Top Ten – The most popular children’s books in the library

Top 10 most popular children's books in our library

Find out which are the 10 most popular books for children in our postal lending library.

C0031 & C0092 Hands are not for Hitting by Martine Agassi

A board book suitable for young children

C0077 My Brother is Different by Louise Gorrod

A non-fiction book published by the National Autistic Society featuring illustrated characters, suitable for all age groups

C0093 & C0233 Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome? A guide for friends and family by Jude Welton

A non-fiction book featuring a child called Adam. An illustrated book suitable for 7 to 15 year olds

C0075 My Social Stories Book by Carol Gray

A non-fiction book with illustrated characters. Written for young children up to 6

C0149 A Book About What Autism Can Be Like by Sue Adams

A non-fiction book with illustrated characters, aimed at 8 to 12 year olds.

C0176 & C0245 The Red Beast: controlling anger in children with Asperger Syndrome by K I AL-Ghani

An illustrated story book written in conjunction with the National Autistic Society aimed at 7 to 11 year olds

C0065 Different Like Me: my book of autism heroes by Jennifer Elder

A non-fiction illustrated book featuring notable individuals with autism aimed at 8 to 12 year olds

C0253 All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopman

A non-fiction book with photographs and captions aimed at all age groups

C0160 My Brother is Autistic by Jennifer Moore Mallinos

An illustrated story book suitable for small children

C0181 & C0219 What is it Like to be Me? A book about a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome by Alenka Klemenc

A non-fiction book with illustrated characters aimed at small children

You can find a full list of all the children’s books we have in the library on the library page of our website. You can borrow the children’s books on behalf of your child, as with the sensory toys. Sorry, but children can’t be library members themselves.

Uniquely Human: a different way of seeing autism

uniquely humanUniquely Human: a different way of seeing autism

by Dr Barry M Prizant
ISBN 9780285643338
£20.00

We all have different coping strategies. Think about the behaviours associated with autism? Hand flapping, spinning, rocking, a restricted range of interests. A lot of current thinking aims to eliminate these behaviours. But what if they are strategies to cope, to adapt and to communicate your emotions? What if the current thinking is just treating an autistic person as a problem to be solved rather than an individual to be understood? Dr Prizant draws on his four decades of experience from working in the field of autism to present his thoughts and suggestions for helping those with autism to live more fulfilling lives and to help their relatives find a greater understanding.

We now have this book available to borrow in our library, along with a wide range of other books on autism and other special needs. Why not take a look at our book list?

Items in the lending library on Communication

Communication help from our library

Communication is a popular topic so we have lots of books on it as well as more practical help like PECS cards and Communication Aids.

Books

  • L1210 Trouble Talking: a guide for parents of children with speech and language difficulties by James Law
  • L6215 More Than Words: helping parents promote communication and social skills in children with autism by Fern Sussman
  • L6238 Communication Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome by Olga Bogdashina
  • L6242 The Classroom and Communication Skills Programme by Megan Ahlers
  • L6347 Developmental Speech Language Training Through Music for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Hayoung Lim
  • L6381 Enabling Communication in Autism by Carol Potter
  • L6411 Helping Children to Improve Their Communication Skills: therapeutic activities for teachers by Deborah Plummer
  • L6460 Children with Social Emotional and Behaviour Difficulties and Communication Problems by Melanie Cross
  • L6461 A Pictures Worth: PECS and other visual communication strategies in autism by Andy Bondy
  • L6468 Early Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome by Libby Kumin
  • L6485 Small Talk: simple ways to boost your child’s speech and language from birth by Nicola Lathey
  • L6515 Teach Me With Pictures: 40 picture scripts to develop play and communication skills in children on the autism spectrum by Simone Griffin
  • L6532 Rising to New Heights of Communication and Learning for Children with Autism by Carol Spears
  • L6533 Augmentative and Alternative Communication: models and applications for… caregivers and users by Filip Loncke
  • L6540 Developing Communication for Autism Using Rapid Prompting Method by Soma Mukhopadhyay
  • L6546 Social and Communication Development in Autism Spectrum Disorder: early identification and intervention by Tony Charman
  • L6586 Talk to Me: conversation strategies for parents of children on the autism spectrum by Heather Jones
  • L6644 Other Ways of Speaking: supporting children and young people who have no speech or whose speech is difficult to understand by the Communication Trust
  • L6658 Giggletime: establishing the social connection a programme to develop the communication skills of children with autism by Susan Aud Sonders

Audio visual

  • AV6388 Talkabout: social communication skills (DVD)
  • AV6409 ISPEEK at Home: over 1300 visual communication images (CD-ROM)
  • AV6538 Discovery Pathways to Better Speech for Children with Down Syndrome (DVD)

PECS cards

  • C0208 PECS Cards Keyrings: ‘Instructions and Behaviour’ and ‘Feelings and Emotions’

Portable Communication Aids in the sensory library

  • SmartTalk – 8 picture communication aid, recordable
  • Partner 4 Plus – 4 picture communication aid, recordable
  • iTalk2 – 2 button communication aid, recordable

If you would like to borrow any of these or any other books from our library, it is free of charge. Please contact Jan the Librarian on 01267 244203 or janetp@cerebra.org.uk