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VLA Presentation Open Door Special Needs Storytime
VLA Presentation Open Door Special Needs Storytime
Virginia Library Association Annual Conference October 2012 1
HeatherKetron Head of Youth Services Ashburn Library Loudoun County Public Library Christine Leary Youth Services Librarian Cascades Library Loudoun County Public Library 2
LOUDOUN COUNTY• 7 branches (will be 8 branches early 2013)• Population – 328, 533 (2012 estimate)• Public Schools – 80 (2011 – 2012)• School enrollment – 65, 668 (Sept. 30, 2011)• According to the US Census Bureau, Loudoun has continued to be one of the fastest growing counties in 3 the United States.
PRESENTATION PREVIEW Background Information Program Resources Keys to Success Sample Storytime & Activities Incorporating sensory activities into regular storytimes Questions 4
BACKGROUND Autism Spectrum Disorder is estimated to affect more than 2 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Loudoun County Public Schools – 742 students are identified as autistic. In response, Loudoun County Public Library developed a storytime program designed for children who have developmental disorders on the autism spectrum. 5
BACKGROUND (2) Autism is also known as ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder.“A child may not have the same symptoms and may seem very different from another child with the same diagnosis. It is sometimes said, that if you know one person with autism; you know one person with autism.”Source: Autism Speakswww.autismspeaks.org/whatisit/symptoms.php 6
BACKGROUND (3) These are sensory storytimes vs. “regular” storytimes. Includes sensory activities but this is not therapy. 7
BACKGROUND (4) What do we mean when we say “sensory?” External Tactile Auditory Visual Taste & Smell Internal Proprioception – muscles & joints Vestibular – movement, balance, & coordination 8
BACKGROUND (5) Sensory storytimes are good for all children, not just special needs children Open Door Storytime = Provides families with a storytime where they can relax, with others who are familiar with autistic behaviors 9
PURPOSE In accordance with Loudoun County Public Library policy and Early Literacy Guidelines, the Open Door Special Needs Storytime programs shall exist to: Share and model the importance of early literacy activities with parents and children; Provide sensory integration experiences ; Create and sustain an accepting and welcoming library environment for special needs children and their families. 10
OBJECTIVES Through participation in the Open Door Special Needs Storytime program, children ages 3-5 will share early literacy experiences. Specifically, participants will: Participate in a variety of early literacy activities Engage in sensory activities Develop positive relationships with participants and library staff Become aware of library resources 11
FUNDING Funding for Open Door Special Needs Storytime comes from the Loudoun County Public Library operating budget. 100 Women Strong grant = $3000 12
PARTICIPATION From June 2011 – August 2012 22 Open Door programs were presented in 2 LCPL branches Average attendance was 16 participants Saturday Afternoons Thursday Evenings – was changed to Sat afternoons 13
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT Open Door program plans were developed through library staff collaboration utilizing popular storytimes themes to take advantage of existing library resources to promote sensory engagement with books and themes 14
PROGRAM RESOURCES Library collection (books and CD’s) Local organizations & agencies Staff! Websites Vendors/Suppliers Boardmaker software 15
ROLE OF LIBRARY STAFF We are supplementing, enriching , and extending children’s literacy development We complement school instruction, we do not provide instruction, remediation, or therapy. Our role is to facilitate and support children’s learning. Our role is also to create a setting where children have a positive, life-enhancing experience in the library. 16
SOME KEYS TO SUCCESS Positive, Supportive, Encouraging Predictable and Structured (for the children) Flexibility (for the staff) FOCUS =Children vs. “teaching” Community partnerships The parents Having a reasonably sized group 17
OPEN DOOR COMPONENTS Books! Visual Schedule Use the same opening and closing routines Weighted lap snakes, carpet squares Big Mack switch Flannel board Props Music & Rhymes Movement Unison Reading – “read along” 18 Social Time
Sung to : “Skip to My Lou” Fish, fish, swim up high, Fish, fish, swim down low, Fish, fish, swim so fast, Fish, fish, swim so slow.Using a song on a CD:Walking, WalkingWalking, walking, walking, walkingHop, hop, hop. Hop, hop, hopRunning, running, running.Running, running, running.Now let’s stop. Now let’s stop! 27
Two little black birdsSitting on a hill.One named Jack,One named Jill.Fly away Jack,Fly away Jill.Come back Jack, Gray squirrel, gray squirrel,Come back Jill. Swish your fluffy tail. Gray squirrel, gray squirrel, Swish your fluffy tail. Wrinkle up your little nose Hold a nut between your toes. Gray squirrel, gray squirrel, Swish your fluffy tail. 28
This is a nice way to share a story. Especially for thekids who have visual impairments. They can have the 31book close to them so they can see the illustrations.
• Utilizing instruments provides a way to reinforce the musical experience and help make it lots of fun!• A wonderful way to express themselves non-verbally. 32
Our ending routine includes a “goodbyesong”, a with a walk on the sensory beamand some bubble popping. 33
Toys, painting, coloring, books, blocks,balls, etc. 34
INCORPORATING SENSORY ELEMENTSINTO ANY STORYTIMEMake specific items/elements a regular part of every storytime. • Use the BIGmack switch in your opening/closing song. • Reread a book in unison • Repeat a book as a flannel • Seating - Use carpet squares; rug; or Educubes • Use adapted books • Tactile items – cotton balls; sandpaper • Add a visual schedule • Use the sensory beam at the end of every storytime as your closing activity.If time allows, have “play time” at the end of your storytimes. 35Bring out the toys, puzzles, soft balls, etc.
PROGRAM FEEDBACK “I’m so glad the library is doing this for our special kids.” “What a wonderful, much needed service for our area!” “It is nice to have a place where people don’t look at us funny for the odd way my daughter behaves.” “We really enjoy coming to the library!” 36
Thank you for coming! Handouts and presentation are posted on the Conference website, www.vla.org Your Questions Contact Us:Heather.Ketron@loudoun.govChristine.Leary@loudoun.gov 37