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Suggested Programs and Activities
Sensory Story Time Social Story
By Lisa Lesinski, Head of Children's Services, Barrington Public Library, 2021.
Creating Accessible Virtual Programs for Children with Disabilities and their Families
January 14, 2021 presentation from Renee Grassi, author, blogger, speaker, trainer, and Youth Services Manager at Dakota County Library in Minnesota.
Sensory Afterschool Playdate Plan
Sensory playdate plan developed and presented by Babs Wells a the January 14, 2020 Sensory Story Time Support Group meeting.
Sensory Story Time Plan
Sensory Story Time plan on the theme "mouse." Developed and presented by Maria Cotto at the January 14, 2020 Sensory Story Time Support Group meeting.
Visual Schedule (PECS examples)
By Maria Cotto, Bilingual Children’s Librarian, Pawtucket Public Library, RI. Presented at the January 14, 2020 Sensory Support Group meeting.
Suggested Programs and Activities Beyond Sensory Story Time
Includes performers and educators offering programs appropriate for a sensory story time audience, as well as additional sensory activities. Compiled by Maria Cotto, 2019.
Picture Books for Sensory Storytime
Fidgets, Manipulatives, and Adaptive Materials
Books, Articles, and Blog Posts
Programming for Children and Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Those who understand the unique sensitivities of young people with autism spectrum disorder, now the second most commonly diagnosed serious developmental disability, know that ordinary library programming guides are not up to the task of effectively serving these library users. Klipper has presented at conferences and trained librarians from around the country in autism awareness, and the grant-funded Sensory Storytime programming she developed at The Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut is a model for
Publication Date: 2014-02-01
A Picture's Worth by A Picture's Worth, the PECS primer written by the developers of the Picture Exchange Communications System, is now available in a second edition. This user-friendly guide introduces PECS , a simple and empowering communication tool in which partners exchange cards with photos or line drawings representing objects, attributes, and actions. A child or adult who has delayed or no speech can easily express his basic desires (e.g. "ice cream") or needs using a PECS card without prompting from another. And as a person's PECS usage progresses, he or she learns to put pictures together into sentences to express desires (e.g. "I want chocolate ice cream"), to comment, and to ask questions. A Picture's Worth examines verbal communication development and how autism affects these skills, and shows how a child's poor communication skills can lead to problem behaviours. Providing communication options, PECS and other augmentative and alternative communication strategies (AAC), described in the book, reduces frustration and enhances learning. This edition cites research that proves PECS (and other AAC strategies) doesn't interfere with the development of speaking skills, and actually can provide a boost to the acquisition of these skills. There's also expanded information on: deciding whether a child needs AAC and could benefit from PECS; who is an appropriate candidate for PECS; error correction strategies during the initial stages of PECS; how to choose challenging behaviours to try to eliminate; and what to do when a child does not look at pictures.
Publication Date: 2011-07-01