Pima County, Arizona (KGUN) — 1 in 40 8-year-olds in the Arizona area has autism, according to the Southern Arizona Autism Society.
Friends of the Kirk-Bear Canyon Public Library, Hughes Federal Credit Union, Southern Arizona Autism Society, and members of the Librarians announce a new sensory program tailored to the needs of children with neurodiversity and autism. increase.
“It can be really isolating just because not all places accept or embrace it. It just provides an outlet and space for welcoming and understanding,” says Southern Arizona Autism. Association’s Kate Elliott said.
This is the first program of its kind within the Pima County Public Library System.
The library’s new sensory program is for toddlers and children up to age 5 and features stations such as balance beams, sand and basins, playground equipment, and a variety of experiences that really train brain development. .
Since 2018, Kirk-Bear Canyon Public Library has received over $117,000 from the Hughes Federal Credit Union to get such programs up and running.
The sensory program is only once a month and has a limited capacity. Our next session is Tuesday, January 17th at 10:30am and 11:15am.
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