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Library Education Autism Program-Campbelltown City Council

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HJ Daley Library

1 Hurley Street

Campbelltown, NSW 2560

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Do you have a child on the Autism Spectrum aged twelve years or under? Have you ever felt concerned about how your child would be received in our local libraries or how they might cope with the unfamiliar surroundings? Are you aware of the resources and programs we run that might be of benefit to both you and your child? If you would answer yes to any of these questions then this may be the program for you and your child.

Families with children on the autism spectrum are being invited to join our Library Education Autism Program (LEAP) trial at HJ Daley Library in Campbelltown which aims to introduce children 0 to 12 to library resources and programs in a relaxed and supported environment.

As part of this program, each Saturday from 14 October to 18 November, families with a child on the spectrum will be able to book a free fifteen minute time slot between 8am and 9am before our regular Saturday morning opening hours. This will allow us to provide undivided attention to individual children, help them to become familiar with, explore and make use of the library during a quiet time without too many distractions.

In order to make your child’s visit as rewarding as possible we will be asking about their special interests as part of the booking process. We will also be asking you what you would like to see achieved for your child out of the program. This information will then be used to tailor the experience to meet your child’s needs.

Using the information you provided during the booking process our staff will be able to –

  • Take your child directly to the material and subjects they have a particular interest in
  • Create a library membership should you wish to do so (Identification required)
  • Explain our services and programs that might be relevant to your family

At the end of your 15 minute booking period it will be necessary for the staff that have been assisting you to then attend to the next booking however you will be very welcome to remain in the library to browse and explore. Due to the nature of this program and the needs of the children being catered for we will need to adhere strictly to the times allocated so please try to arrive early. You will be able to wait in the foyer of the library.

Please don’t be offended if you are late for your session and we are unable to accommodate your booking however it will be important for the staff to meet the next child and their family as per their booking.

While bookings are free we hope these sessions will be of great value to those participating and want to make this opportunity available to as many families as possible. We understand that plans cannot always be adhered to, particularly when young children are involved, but would greatly appreciate you advising us on 4645 4436 either before the day or on the morning if you are unable to attend.

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Campbelltown, NSW 2560

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