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Library Services for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Lesley S. J. Farmer
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1181-5
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $62.00
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264 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1181-5
Year Published: 2013
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, Z
Autism is now the second most commonly diagnosed serious developmental disability, and the number of children identified as autistic continues to grow. Introducing what autism spectrum disorders are, and identifying the great need to build and manage programs for different youth with these disorders, Farmer offers librarians in or outside a school environment all the information they need to build a library literacy program geared towards these children. Designed to both awaken sensitivities of library staff and address the questions of those who are already aware of the issue, this book
  • Shows how children with this diagnosis are increasingly mainstreamed into traditional library and school programs and identifies the special needs and issues they face in a library setting
  • Equips readers to meet the needs of young library users who are autistic with practical tools for training library staff, teachers, and volunteers 
  • Explains hyperlexia, the main barrier to the development of literacy among these children, and how programs using sensory experiences can strengthen both literacy skills and socialization
  • Proposes strategies for using library design to ensure that materials and resources are accessible to all patrons
Including a glossary of terms and bibliography of additional resources, Farmer’s book is an important tool for raising awareness and supporting literacy development for children with these disorders in the library setting.
Table of Contents

Introduction Developmental Characteristics of Youth with ASDs

Chapter 1:  Youth with ASDs in Libraries and Other Educational Settings
A Word about Public Places
Libraries from the View of Youth with ASDs
Educational Settings
Learning Issues
What Helps Youth with ASDs Learn?

Chapter 2:  Team Management Approach
Team Member Contributions
Coordinated Service Teams
Developmental Team Functions

Chapter 3:  Inclusion and Universal Design in Libraries
An Overview of Inclusion and Universal Design
The Law and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Learning Activities
Concluding Thoughts

Chapter 4:  Resources
The Senses and Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Role of Technology
Technology Resources for Youth with ASDs
Resource Management

Chapter 5: Teaching Youth with ASDs
The Librarian’s Role in Instruction
Setting Up the Physical Conditions for Learning
Getting Started
Instructional Methods
Multisensory Teaching
Communication Skills
Interaction Issues
Learning Activities
Concluding Thoughts

Chapter 6: Focus on Reading
Reading Issues
Reading Skills
Reading Guidance
Story Hours

Chapter 7: The Social Role of the Library
Librarian Social Engagement
Peer Social Engagement
Social Skills Development
The Social Side of Emotions

Chapter 8: Behavior Management
Applied Behavioral Analysis
Pivotal Response Treatment
Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, and Transactional Support
Sample Programs for Preschoolers
Dealing with Meltdowns
Sample Behavior Management Techniques
A Word about Response to Intervention

Chapter 9 : Training
Overview of ASD Training
Training for Educators
Training for Library Staff
Training for Parents and Guardians of Youth with ASDs
Training for Peers of Youth with ASDs
Training Resources

Chapter 10: Measuring Impact through Action Research
What Is Action Research?
Thinking about Methodology
Action Research on the Individual Level
Action Research on the Library-Program Level

Chapter 11: The Perspective of a Public Library
Partnerships and Training
Collection Development
The Center as Space
Community Outreach


About the Author

Dr. Lesley S. J. Farmer, professor at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), coordinates the Librarianship Program. She earned her MS in library science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and received her doctorate in adult education from Temple University. Farmer has worked as a librarian in K–12 school settings, as well as in public, special, and academic libraries. She is incoming chair of the Education Section of the Special Libraries Association, and she is the International Association of School Librarianship’s vice president of association relations. Farmer is a Fulbright Scholar and has received the Distinguished Scholarly Activity Award from CSULB, several professional association awards, and national and international grants. Farmer’s research interests include information literacy, assessment, collaboration, and educational technology. A frequent presenter and writer for the profession, Farmer has published two dozen professional books and more than a hundred professional book chapters and articles.

"Farmer has written a well organized, theoretical book ... She presents possible project ideas and resources that can be built upon in practice."
— Autism Asperger's Digest

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