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Iris Playing In The Library autistic and pregnant supporting women with autism through pregnancy and beyond uk autism blog

'You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth' Khalil Gibran. 

Since Iris was a few weeks old we've regularly gone to our local library for Rhyme Time. Iris loves to sing, make noise and in recent months crawl around stealing the older children's shoes. She's loved her time at the library, she's made friends and grown in confidence- as I have I if truth be told. Now it's broken up for the summer I am sure she will miss singing and giggling with the other children.

I will miss it as it's the only social event we do that is somewhat predictable. It's in the same place, at the same time and with roughly the same people. It's easy for me to get to and it's the half an hour a week that I know I can manage. As someone with autism socialising is incredibly difficult and even before I had Iris I worried about whether my difficulties would impact on my baby and they would learn my autistic traits. Getting to the library once a week satiates my anxiety around Iris getting enough socialisation. If we can get there then we've been out, connected with people and grown as individuals, any other social occasions we manage are bonuses.

It saddens me to hear so many stories of libraries closing. Libraries are sanctuaries for so many people from all walks of life, we should do all we can to save them, even if that's just taking your little one and singing for half an hour a week. I can't wait until term starts again so we can get back to our happy place (and routine!). 

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1 comment:

  1. I hate that things like this are term time online - she looks like she loves it! x


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