First Tuesdays was designed as a continuing-education opportunity for staff of libraries in Washington State. This free web presentation, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., allows attendees to share their skills and successes and learn about new topics. The special-subject presentations, lasting about 60 minutes, are recorded so that others may listen at their own convenience.
Sensory Story Time: Programming for Children with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and Other Special Needs. October 3, 2017, 9:00 AM PACIFIC
While libraries strive to be welcoming places for all, children with special needs may not always thrive in traditional story times where crowds, bright lights, and sudden noises can overstimulate and overwhelm. Parents of children with special needs can often feel conspicuous and unwelcome in a library setting.
One small town library welcomed these families by establishing a story time structured around special needs. The program became so successful that a second session of it was necessary and the library saw an increase in library use by patrons with special needs, adults and children alike.
In this webinar lead by the person who launched the Community Library Network's Sensory Story Time, participants will:
- Learn how aspects of sensory story times, such as yoga and sensory reading, can be integrated into traditional programs in order to better serve all children. Learn ways all libraries can serve children with special needs, even if they do not have the resources to create a dedicated program.
- Gain hands-on experience with sensory tools such as visual schedules, light blockers, weighted stuffed animals, therapy bands, sensory balance beams, sensory roller coasters, and yuck-e-balls. Learn how to DIY sensory tools such as weighted blankets and therapy fidgets using everyday supplies. Learn transitions and techniques for maintaining a calm, fun environment where children with special needs can thrive.
- Discuss aspects of sensory processing disorder; what proprioceptive input is; and the differences between over and under stimulation in sensory processing disorder and how those manifest in different behaviors.
Presented by Mandi Harris, Community Library
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