Library News: Neurodiversity & Odd Socks Day

This week, we celebrated ‘Neurodiversity’ at St Stephens. Neurodiversity is based on the idea that everyone has a differently-wired brain and their own unique way of thinking and experiencing the world. Some of the different ways of thinking, learning, interacting and perceiving the world have been given labels, such as:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC)
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Tourette’s Syndrome

Neurodiversity Celebration Week is about celebrating the strengths and talents of people with learning differences. Sadly, these pupils can be misunderstood.

Neurodiversity Celebration Week is one way of reminding everyone of the importance of being kind, tolerant and accepting of everyone. Thursday 21st March, we will also be focusing on World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). St Stephen’s will be joining many schools and communities around the world by celebrating this occasion by wearing odd socks.

For this reason, we are reading books and stories that broadly celebrate difference in the Library. In sessions we will chat about difference and the many things that make us who we are. We will read stories about characters who embrace their unique qualities even when faced with challenges.

In other news thank you to all of the parents and children who bought a book last week on World Book Day. We raised £290 in credit allowing us to continue filling the Library shelves with new titles and keep our children engrossed in books! Thank you also to Winkworth for their further generous donation through FOSS and don’t forget that the Usbourne Sponsered Read ends this week.