A diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can leave clients and their families with a lot of questions. A new family resource library in Yorkton is helping to answer those questions for clients, their families and supports, and new staff.
“The library has been very helpful for families, especially immediately after diagnosis,” says Tasha Sudsbear, an Autism Spectrum Disorder Consultant with the Children’s Therapy Program in Yorkton. “Clients and families have a lot of things to think about and are processing so much. The on-site library offers them the opportunity to immediately access resources that may have been recommended to them by staff.”
The library was established in September 2019 after the Health Foundation of East Central Saskatchewan approved a grant for the project. It features approximately 50 books that cover a wide variety of topics and can be signed out by those accessing autism programs for up to one month.
“We have about 190 families accessing our program,” said Sudsbear. “We cannot thank the Health Foundation and their generous donors enough for making this library possible.”
Children’s Therapy staff (from left): Sarah Lemieux, Tasha Sudsbear, Lacey Senchuk, Lindsay Allin and Linda Spracklin-Cross and the new Yorkton Children’s Therapy Program family library.