Are you hoping to expand services to youth with disabilities in your community? Are you interested in offering sensory storytimes for children with disabilities or special needs in the public library? Charlotte Mecklenburg library staff along with a couple of community partners will hold a panel discussion on sensory programming. Workshop participants will gain ideas that include: getting sensory storytimes started in the public library; partnering with local community agencies and schools; holding focus groups and learning from parents about programming needs; and connecting with others offering sensory programming. Participants will receive program ideas/outlines; information about creating sensory programming kits; suggestions for creating a family contact distribution list; and booklists to consider for the library collection. In addition, participants will gain information from community panelists about services and what the public library can offer for youth with disabilities or special needs.
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Future of programming
Sensory Storytimes: Reaching Children with Special Needs in the Public Library
Outcomes are a way of explaining why you did what you did and can begin to answer questions such as “So what?” and “What benefits did the participants gain from the program?” Outcomes should focus on the participants.
What funders often ask
Changes in behavior and/or attitude
Outcomes tell a story that statistics alone cannot do; give meaning to a measure
Outcomes can be initial; intermediate; and long-term
Linda Lucas Walling Collection, Materials for and/or about Children with Disabilities
National Association for Down Syndrome
Green sheet in your packet includes list of many helpful websites
ALSC Blog Series by Patricia Twarogowski “ Book the event room for an extra ½ hour for parents to socialize” “ Attend local chapter meetings of the Autism Society and the Down Syndrome Association” “ Double visuals” (book/puppet/flannel) Use as many visuals as possible
Music- sensitivity to music, low key music Allergies – no food Flexibility E-mail reminders Timing – Saturday mornings seem to work well Not as bright lighting Rug or carpet squares Pillows/stuffed animals