Barbara Klipper, a retired librarian, has championed library access for people with disabilities since 2002 when she worked at The Ferguson Library in Stamford, CT. Her 2014 book, Programming for Children and Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder, is being updated by Dr. Amelia Anderson and will be pubished in 2021. With Carrie Scott Banks, she co-authored “Staying Calm: Disabilities and ‘Behavior’ in the Library” in Differing Abilities and the Library: Fostering Equity for Patrons and Staff with Disabilities, edited by C.A. Copeland, PhD. With Ronda Shapiro-Rieser, she published The Secret Rules of Social Networking in 2015. She is also the creator and funder of the Autism Welcome Here grant.
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Those who understand the unique sensitivities of young people with autism spectrum disorder, now the second most commonly diagnosed serious developmental disability, know that ordinary library programming guides are not up to the task of effectively serving these library users. Klipper has presented at conferences and trained librarians from around the country in autism awareness, and the grant-funded Sensory Storytime programming she developed at The Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut is a model for reaching children with autism spectrum disorder. Her complete programming guide, ideal for audiences ranging from preschool through school-age children, teens, and families,
- Provides background information on the disorder to help librarians understand how to program for this special audience
- Features step-by-step programs from librarians across the country, adaptable for both public and school library settings
- Suggests methods for securing funding and establishing partnerships with community organizations
- Includes a list of additional resources that will prove valuable to librarians and parents/caregivers alike
Klipper's deep knowledge and experience on the subject makes her guidance on serving these library users and their families invaluable.
Appendix A: ResourcesAppendix B: Books and Related Sensory ActivitiesAppendix C: Rhymes and Related Sensory ActivitiesAppendix D: Keys to a Successful Library Visit
"A much-needed and accessible guide … authoritative."
"A must-have ... will give both new and veteran librarians a good foundation for thinking about programs for children and teens with ASD. This resource should be in every public and school library."
— School Library Journal (starred review)
"Of importance to the cash-strapped librarian is the offering of lower-priced alternatives for the higher-priced materials suggested throughout the book. The sensitivity offered in the writing of this book, from the librarian perspective as well as the parent perspective, helps all to approach the topic in a matter-of-fact manner … The work is well organized and easy to read, allowing one to turn to the desired page or chapter as needed, or the book can be read cover-to-cover. Practicing librarians, teachers, and future librarians and teachers will all benefit from this book."
"A wealth of program ideas that can be adapted by all types of libraries and homeschoooling parents! As I read her book I found myself thinking, 'What an awesome idea!' or even 'Maybe I should talk to our library about starting that program!'"
— Autism Asperger's Digest
"Concise but comprehensive ... Practitioners looking to make their services more inclusive would do well to start here."
— Bulletin of The Center for Children's Books