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Library teens with_special_needs


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Library teens with_special_needs

  1. 1. Library Services for Teens with Special Needs SCLA/YASD Meeting ~ March 24, 2011
  2. 2. Motivation <ul><li>4 Girls </li></ul><ul><li>Respond to this underserved population </li></ul><ul><li>Promote self esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate acceptance amongst their peers </li></ul><ul><li>Help teens with special needs with the transition to adulthood </li></ul>
  3. 3. Getting to Know Your Community <ul><li>Establish parent relationships early on </li></ul><ul><li>Attend SEPTA meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Attend support groups (i.e. Autism Support Group) </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach to agencies & teachers serving youth with disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Surveys </li></ul>
  4. 4. Library Programs <ul><li>ACHIEVING GOALS </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it simple & be flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Keep groups small </li></ul><ul><li>Inquire about special issues BEFORE event </li></ul><ul><li>Allow parents to stay ( Insist parents stay until you & the teen feel comfortable) </li></ul><ul><li>Modify the programs you are already doing </li></ul><ul><li>Ask the parents & teens what they want </li></ul><ul><li>Solicit the professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Use teen volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Hire professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Open programs to out of district patrons </li></ul><ul><li>SETTING GOALS </li></ul><ul><li>Socialization </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Life skills </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Fun </li></ul>
  5. 5. Program Ideas <ul><li>LIFE SKILLS </li></ul><ul><li>Basic cooking </li></ul><ul><li>Spa night, make up application, etc </li></ul><ul><li>College Fair </li></ul><ul><li>Computer training </li></ul><ul><li>EXERCISE </li></ul><ul><li>Yoga </li></ul><ul><li>Zumba </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Movement </li></ul><ul><li>SOCIALIZATION </li></ul><ul><li>Lego building </li></ul><ul><li>Arts & Crafts </li></ul><ul><li>Book Club </li></ul><ul><li>INCLUSION </li></ul><ul><li>Popular dancing </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming </li></ul><ul><li>Theater workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Karaoke & Music </li></ul>
  6. 6. Enrichment Program Arts & Crafts Thursday, March 17 4:00 – 5:00 PM A special hour for teens in grades 7-12 who may need a little extra help and time to work on fun art projects. We will work in small groups and have a variety of craft projects to choose from. First time participants must be accompanied by a parent.
  7. 7. Enrichment Program Creative Movement & Yoga Saturday, April 9 2:00 – 3:00 PM This class welcomes the teenager with special needs into a space where he/she can safely strengthen gross motor skills, coordination & balance. Young adults will be guided at their own pace and facilitated by a certified yoga instructor and special education teacher, Lisa Richards.
  8. 8. Library Collection Popular titles with teens-with-disabilities characters- Good Reads Audiobooks Short stories & Reluctant Reader Collection – Orca Soundings Orca Soundings are short high-interest novels with contemporary themes, written expressly for teens reading below grade level. Talking Books Large Print Teen Books Books, media, games – Troy Public Library Special Needs Collection Create a Resource Center – pamphlets, bulletin board, etc.
  9. 9. Resources Eva’s Heroes The Compass Project SPED Child & Teen Massachusetts New York State Resource Directory NAPSCE Fathers Network Sensory World Brookes Publishing Woodbine House Publishers Going to College Partners for Youths with Disabilities Jennifer Fowler Young Adult Services Librarian West Islip Public Library, West Islip, NY 11795 631.661.7080 [email_address]