From a former special ed teacher
- 3 pre-registered classes come from local schools and learn computer skills because their school doesn’t allow computers for religious reaons
- use the website ABCya.com which has a differentiated, progressive learning plan. Get the grade levels from the teacher before hand.
- the public library as extension of school.
- special ed teachers are great participants in summer reading.
Much desire for a monthly storytime for children on the spectrum
- this way parents and kids can connect
- examples: Chappequa NY has Special Saturdays (Mirriam Langbudin and Kathleen Sully)
- Metropolitan Museum of Art did one
- iPads can be a useful tool
- it is important to have a schedule for the storytime, show it, stick to it, and refer back to it.
- other tips: enclosed room, every child needs caregiver, have manipulatives (ie stress balls, seating discs, weighted sensory toys)
- use the term “Spectrum Friendly Storytime”
- a good book – “We’re Going on a Lionhunt”
- All the concerns about what a kid with autism would do in storytime – we already deal with (disruption, overbearing parents, etc)
- discussed this article: Could a Child With a Disability Use Your MakerSpace?
- problems with accessibility in aisles
- kids on the spectrum to really well with the 3D printer – are creating their own designs
- market the MakerSpace to all – encourage especially parents and kids on spectrum to come
- could print out tactile picture books for storytimes
- Museum Access Consortium
- ALSC’s Children and Libraries article
- Ohio Ready to Read Digital Sensory Storytime
- Tactile Picture Books
– notes by Lisa Nowlain