Sensory toys assist Holly’s learning

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Holly Beaumont-Smith playing with the hedgehog balance pods at Ashburton Toy Library.

Holly Beaumont-Smith is a big user of the sensory equipment at Ashburton Toy Library.

The 21-month-old has Turner’s Syndrome, a condition that can cause a variety of medical and developmental problems, including short height.

Holly also has some hearing loss, but loves nothing better than getting to grips with the hedgehog balance pods, sensory light tubes, colour changing touch board and other items in the toy library’s large collection.

The sensory equipment was generously funded by Advance Ashburton at the beginning of the year.

Holly’s mum Kate, who is a former toy library committee member, has been bringing Holly and her older brothers to the toy library for the past four years.

She says Holly gets a lot out of sensory toys.

The tactile equipment stimulated her daughter’s senses, helped with recognition skills and with finger-eye co-ordination.

Holly was on growth hormones, she said, but was super happy and making good progress.

The Ashburton Toy Library has over 900 toys available to 135 member families that includes over 200 children.

Current board member Stacey Stewart is on the Toy Library Federation of NZ national committee, which supports the 180 toy libraries around the country.

The Ashburton Toy Library shifted to its cosy rooms at 106 Victoria Street in 2017 and is on the look out for more spacious premises. It is open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9.30am until 12.30pm.

Toy Library Awareness Week runs from November 19.

-By Mick Jensen