Programs for children with austism and their families


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  • It is okay if they move around the room or need to leave the room and come back later.
  • Children with ASD may be at different levels of participations. Some children may get all upset if the schedule is different from what they are told and anticipated.
  • The concert by Spook Handy was an inclusion program for children with all abilities. Spook Handy designed this program specifically to suit the audience.
  • The stacking game is used to improve hand eye coordination and develop bilateral proficiency equal performance on both sides of the body. Sequencing and patterning are also elements of sport stacking, which can help with reading and math skills. The game supplies contain a training DVD on how to do the various form of stacking. Stacking cups can be purchased from http:// /
  • Offer options for the children to acquire literacy through multiple channels. Program involves 2 presenters: 2 staff members or 1 staff + 1 volunteer (parent/caregiver or teen volunteers) “ Programming for Children with Special Needs ” by Tricia Bohanon Twarogowski
  • Keep in mind that each child’s behaviors or response will be unique .
  • Programs for children with austism and their families

    1. 1. Programs for Children with Autism and their Families NJLA Conference 2012By:Susanna ChanHead of Children’s ServicesSouth Brunswick Public Library110 Kingston LaneMonmouth Junction NJ 08852Phone: 732-329-4000 ext. 7285Email:
    2. 2. Agenda• Provide a Welcoming Space• Working with Children in the Spectrum• Programs for Children with ASD and Their Families• Program Publicities• To Conclude….• Work Cited• Organizations working with the ASD Community in New Jersey• Additional Resources
    3. 3. Provide a Welcoming Space•Staff training to create a friendly and welcomingenvironment – Video produced by Scotch Plains Public Library and Fanwood Memorial Library http:// – Workshops done by organizations working with the autism community such as Autism New Jersey, New Jersey Early Intervention System, Autism Speaks•Promote Autism Awareness in the library•Large signs to indicate different areas and librarycollections•Inclusion programs that are welcoming tochildren with all abilities
    4. 4. Provide a Welcoming Space Autism Awareness Display April - Autism Awareness Month Books and Booklists
    5. 5. Provide a Welcoming Space Autism Information Center
    6. 6. Provide a Welcoming Space Autism Awareness Poster ContestCollaborative Program with the VSA of New Jersey
    7. 7. Provide a Welcoming Space Clear and Large Signs
    8. 8. Working with Children in the Spectrum• “If you have met one person with autism, you have met one person with autism.”• Some children on the spectrum may be sensitive to loud sounds and excessive action. Avoid activities with excessive movements.• Use props like scarves or bean bags and soft music.• Do not serve food or wear perfume to avoid allergies or other sensitivities.• Avoid distractions.• Always be ready to improvise if needed.• Keep a sense of humor.
    9. 9. Working with Children in the Spectrum• Address the child first.• Make eye contact.• Speak directly, slowly.• Avoid open-ended questions.• Give choices.• Be patient.• Be flexible.
    10. 10. Programs for Children with ASD and Their Families Creative Craft
    11. 11. Programs for Children with ASD and Their Families Read to a Therapy Dog
    12. 12. Programs for Children with ASD and Their Families Yoga for Kids
    13. 13. Programs for Children with ASD and Their Families Family Concert 
    14. 14. Programs for Children with ASD and Their Families Cup Stacking Games
    15. 15. Programs for Children with ASD and Their Families Stories & ActivitiesTargeted Audience:No age restriction but focusing on preschoolcontentContent in each storytime theme kit:•Visual Schedule•Program Plan•Books•Props•Items for activities
    16. 16. Programs for Children with ASD and Their Families Stories & ActivitiesProgram Planning:Double visuals (book/puppet, book/visuals or book/flannelsimultaneously) •Choose books with patterns, repeating lines or easily reproduced visual options e.g. flannels, big book kitsMusical activities using props, scarves or beanbags thatmay be beneficial for hand-eye coordination and/or motorskills•Avoid heavy beat music or lots of movements•Avoid use of food or wearing of perfumeFlexibility, adaptability and sense of humor
    17. 17. Programs for Children with ASD and Their Families Stories & Activities• Before the Program:• Welcoming and relaxing atmosphere – soft music, stuff animals or cushions• Introduce the presenters
    18. 18. Programs for Children with ASD and Their Families Stories & Activities• During the Program:• Review the agenda before start• Be flexible and make adjustments to best work with your audience’s needs
    19. 19. Programs for Children with ASD and Their Families Stories & ActivitiesDouble visuals during the program with two presenters, one canbe a parent volunteer
    20. 20. Programs for Children with ASD and Their Families Stories & ActivitiesAfter the Program:•Allow extra time for families to socializeafter the program•Collect the participants’ emailaddresses during each program and offerto send reminders of upcoming eventsvia email.•Survey to receive input and suggestionsfor improvements
    21. 21. Programs for Children with ASD and Their Families Summer Reading Programs• Request school librarians to arrangevisits to special ed classrooms orassemble the special ed classes togetherfor our SRP presentation•Plan Summer Reading Program toencompass children with all abilities.
    22. 22. Programs for Children with ASD and Their Families Library Summer Fun Festival Organizations that work with the autism community are invited to join ourLibrary Summer Fun Festival, a family event with face painting, mendhi(henna tattoos), balloon animals, games, craft stations, performances, andinformational booths from various non-profit organizations, localbusinesses and township departments.
    23. 23. Programs for Children with ASD and Their Families Preschool Storytime Collaborative program with Mid Jersey CARES Regional Early Intervention Collaborative
    24. 24. Programs for Children with ASD and Their Families –• Music and Movement - Done by a group of teen volunteers from the South Brunswick township high school who are passionate to provide services to children with special needs. Trained and supervised.• Job Shadowing - High school special ed students come to the library twice weekly during the school year to help out.
    25. 25. Programs for Children with ASD and Their Families Parenting Workshops• Promoting Social Skills for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder -- Collaborative program with Autism NJ• The Next Steps: After Your Child has been Diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder --Collaborative program with Autism NJ• Coping Skills for Parents of Children with Autism, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and Other Mental Health Disorders -- Collaborative program with NAMI New Jersey.
    26. 26. Programs for Children with ASD and Their Families Parenting WorkshopsParenting Series -A total 15-hour course that focuses on teaching abehavioral approach to parenting for families ofchildren with autism (ASD).Collaborative program with Autism NJParenting for Picky Eaters and Problem Feeders–Designed to help parents learn more about howto manage food issues and provide a wellbalanced diet for their child. Collaborative program with Princeton HealthCare
    27. 27. Program PublicitiesProgram Flyers:•To parents via the school systemselectronic folder•To special ed teachers/media specialists viaemail•To preschools in the township viaemail/delivery during a preschool visit•To Township Recreation Department andHealth Department through departmentaldelivery
    28. 28. Program PublicitiesOthers:•Introduce the variety of programs we have toparents/caregivers who show interest•Introduce other available programs at thebeginning/ending of each program•Have a variety of program flyers, signupsheets for email notification of furtherprograms available•Library newsletter•Email Blast to all library users•Communication Booklets at public desks andin special ed classrooms based on the bookletdeveloped in Libraries & Autism Year 1Contract
    29. 29. To Conclude …..• Remember that every child with autism is unique.• Make the library more welcoming with staff training, signage, promote autism awareness in the community.• Provide inclusion programs if possible.• Patience.• Have choices available, some kids may like a certain sensory stimuli but not the others• Be flexible and ready to improvise.• Get help from your community: parents, special ed teachers, staff, teen volunteers• Publicity: Flyers, newsletters, press releases, words of mouth, through P.T.O., special ed teachers, direct emails to parents with children in the spectrum, through school Friday folders (if possible)
    30. 30. Works CitedLibraries and Autism: Were Connected and Autism: Year 2 Wiki Sheet: People with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): What You Need to Know 10 Ways to Tell if Your Library is Inclusive by Renee Grassi in Your Library by Renee Grassi“Programming for Children with Special Needs” by Tricia Bohanon Twarogowski Music with Children with Special Needs by Renee Grassi Preschool-aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Families (presented by Anne Leon and Megan Albright from Alvin Sherman Library, FL at PLA Conference on 3/16) - Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources Storytime: A (brief) How-To Guide
    31. 31. Organizations working with the ASD Community in New JerseyNew Jersey Early Intervention (NJEIS) New Jersey Early Intervention System (NJEIS), under the Division of Family Health Services, implements New Jerseys statewide system of services for infants and toddlers, birth to age three, with developmental delays or disabilities, and their families.Autism New Jersey nonprofit agency committed to ensuring safe and fulfilling lives for individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals who support them.Eden Autism Services non-profit organization with a mission to improve the lives of children and adults with autism and their families.Autism Speaks nations largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.Asperger Syndrome Education Network (ASPEN) provides families and individuals whose lives are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities with education, support and advocacy.NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness provides education, support and systems advocacy to empower families and persons with mental illness, including autism spectrum disorders.VSA New Jersey nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the creative power of people with disabilities.
    32. 32. Additional ResourcesAdditional Autism Resources: of New Jersey Therapy Dog Organizations: Therapy Dog Organizations in New Jersey:Therapy Dogs International and Beautiful Therapy Dogs in Service Souls Canine Center
    33. 33. Additional ResourcesTherapeutic Yoga:Yoga for Me Infinite U LLC Sense Gym Therapy & Yoga of Morris with experience working with the autism communitySpook Handy – music, concert Stages – drama workshop, theater Beans – music, concert Dahl – craft, theme partiesEmail:; Phone: 732-690-1412
    34. 34. The EndThank You!