Engaging children with disabilities in libraries
This article by The Reading Agency describes how the Chatterbooks programme uses multi-sensory stories to engage with children with disabilities. Libraries involved in this programme have developed valuable links with local special educational needs schools whilst enabling disabled children and young people to have greater access to services and activities in their local and wider community.
Multi-sensory stories, also known as Bag Books, are designed to be used with children who have profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) or visual impairment. Boxes contain a script and a series of interactive 'pages' for children and young people to share with a parent, carer or sibling. These stories are fantastic for engaging children with PMLD and are a way for parents with multiple children to share stories as a family.