During my recent trip from Canada, I had the chance to visit the Special Needs Library for the first time, and was quite unprepared for what greeted me there!
I was very impressed to find, not just rows of books as their name suggests, but a large space full of carefully shelved, topically arranged therapeutic tools, toys and functional aids, all brightly coloured, contained and catalogued.
Small tables and chairs scattered around provide a welcoming place for little ones and their parents/carers to experiment with, or practice on, a variety of age and ability-appropriate toys, puzzles, interactive games, musical instruments and even language learning tapes.
The helpful volunteers provide a friendly atmosphere in what is a unique place for those with special needs and their families.
Congratulations to you all for having created such a valuable resource in Christchurch.