Libraries around the North-east will benefit from new kit to help host pop-up sensory sessions for youngsters affected by autism.
The equipment will be portable, allowing it to be used by all Aberdeenshire Council’s libraries.
The idea took shape during a discussion between the Alford-based Spikin Autism group and the charity SensationALL, which followed a successful event at Alford Library in February.
The equipment, which costs £695, includes a blackout pop-up tent, rotating lights, a space projector, vibrating cushions and handheld sensory items.
These all work together to help create a friendly environment for youngsters who are on the autism spectrum.
Councillor Gillian Owen, who chairs the education committee, said: “The library service is committed to ensuring that every person who comes into an Aberdeenshire library has the very best experience.
“Supplying sensory resources and organising events such as this one will reassure parents and carers of children on the autism spectrum that they will have a great experience when they visit our libraries.”
Sensory spaces promote calm and self-regulation and can be excellent learning and socialising environments.
Suz Strachan, operational team leader at SensationALL, said: “It’s great that the library and early years networks have sought our specialist support and advice.
“We are hoping to work further with the local authorities and local parent groups to promote good practice in using sensory spaces and resources.
“They can be used with wide ranging client groups and individuals from those with physical and sensory impairments or processing difficulties, anxiety and regulation issues.”
Anyone who is interested in having an event held in their local library should contact branch staff.