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Local libraries are giving sensory backpacks to sensory sensitive children

A grant is helping local libraries help families who have children who are sensitive to loud noises or light, or are on the autism spectrum.
Posted at 8:29 PM, Jan 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 10:54:46-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A grant is helping local libraries help families who have children who are sensitive to loud noises or light, or are on the autism spectrum.

"He likes to feel different textures, he's curious about it all," said Monica Cortinas, about her 2-year-old son, Luke. "He is blind in one eye but because of an accident he's kind of more sensitive to light and things like that, loud noises."

These backpacks are helpful for children like Luke with sensory sensitivities and children on the autism spectrum.

"Each backpack has a theme, it's focus, calm down, anxiety and social skills," assistant county library director Crystal Drillen said,

The take-home kits include books, objects that help kids engage their senses, writing activities and resources for parents and caregivers.

"I'm always looking for opportunities where he can just have a better experience and learn," Cortinas said.

The goal is to help children build life skills, social skills and improve their reading.

"They are here to stay. hopefully we will continue to apply for more grants and get more backpacks," Drillen said.

Library patrons can check out these backpacks for two weeks. They are available at Bishop Branch Library or Keach Family Library with a valid Nueces County library card.