Since the successful roll out of Autism Friendly Quiet Evenings across all Lidl Northern Ireland stores nationwide in 2018, Lidl has been on a journey to identify more ways to further support its communities. On the 2nd of April, Lidl Northern Ireland will launch five products to mark World Autism Awareness Week.
Ear defenders (£11.99) will be available which can be used in a variety of settings to protect your child’s hearing or help calm them if disturbed in noisy environments. An LED Projection Night Light (£4.99) will also be available which projects colourful stars on to ceilings and walls while playing music to enhance visual or audible sensory stimulation.
In addition to the sensory products, Lidl Northern Ireland will also have a Playtive Sand and Water Table (£24.99) and Playtive Wooden Puzzles (£3.49) available in stores nationwide from the 2nd of April. The Playtive Sand and Water Table comes with 3 cups, 1 sieve and a mould with separate compartments for sand and water, allowing your little one to use their imagination and get creative with sand and water. There will also be a Melinera Illuminated Salt Crystal Ball Lamp (£17.99) on sale, which can help create a tranquil and soothing environment. Handmade from solid salt crystal, the 4 massage spheres, heated through the salt lamp can be used to massage your hands, feet, neck or back.
In line with the launch of this product range, Lidl Northern Ireland is also proud to announce the sponsorship of two assistance dogs. Lidl Ireland has teamed up with Assistance Dogs Northern Ireland (ADNI) and Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI) to put two dogs through training. The two dogs, named Yogi and Kyra, will be given to families of children with Autism in Ireland and Northern Ireland. These dogs will trained to provide a steady influence for the child, especially in public and social situations. They will also be trained to meet the needs of both the child with Autism and their guardian/s.