On April 2 we are invited to increase awareness and acceptance of autism to help improve the quality of life of those with autism.
What is autism? Autism is a neurological condition that can affect social and communication skills, behaviors, and emotions. People with autism may have sensory sensitivities and learn in different ways. Autism is a spectrum, and it manifests in different ways for each person.
Autism is not a taboo topic, and can be introduced to children through books and other resources. Here are a few children’s books that center characters with autism.
At the Children’s Museums of Tacoma and at JBLM, we offer Low Sensory Hours each week for families with sensory sensitivities, including children with autism and sensory processing disorder. During this time ambient noise and light are turned down and weighted vests and noise canceling headphones are available upon request to provide an even more inviting place to explore, play, and learn.
Libraries provide free access to educational resources and create spaces for people to connect, and on April 6, we are invited to celebrate the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in strengthening our communities!
There are several library systems and dozens of libraries in Pierce County that provide a range of services, from free story times to book clubs for youth. Major libraries include Pierce County Library, Tacoma Public Library, Puyallup Public Library and Joint Base Lewis-McChord Library. Check out a new library this month, and be sure to thank your librarian for their stewardship of this important public resource!
Here are 3 special events happening at libraries in Pierce County this month.
On April 22 we are called to celebrate our planet and raise awareness around the need to protect Earth’s natural resources for future generations. Check out one of these events and activities to celebrate Earth Day in Pierce County with your family this April!