Sensory library launches

Marianne Wangira and Jody Mehlhopt, with Jacinta, Tamara, Sophie and Kobe. (Anne Parisianne)

Maribyrnong residents can now attend the new sensory library at West Footscray Neighbourhood House.

The library, which had its launch event on Wednesday, July 10, offers families a unique opportunity to borrow and try sensory toys and resources before deciding to purchase them.

The sensory library is a community initiative to support families with children with special needs, including autism and ADHD. 

West Footscray Neighbourhood House manager Marianne Wangira said the sensory library addresses a significant community need by allowing families to try before they buy various sensory items, which are often expensive, ensuring they invest in products that truly benefit their child.

The neighbourhood house received a $6000 state government grant earlier this year to purchase the toys.

“We want to provide an opportunity for families to come and try out different kinds of toys, see what their children like, and learn about the types of toys that respond to their child’s individual needs.” Ms Wangira said.

The sensory library also provides families with invaluable information on sensory regulation and the types of behaviours different toys can help manage.

During the launch event, the community was invited to explore the array of toys and resources available, register as members and provide feedback on how the house can improve the program to meet the needs of local families.

The sensory library will operate on Wednesdays from 10am-noon.


Anne Parisianne