Programming for Children and Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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"Here's a sensory buffet for librarians to savor! Using these imaginative programs, they will get all children—with and without autism and sensory processing disorder—learning, moving, and in sync."        
—Carol Kranowitz, author, The Out-of-Sync Child

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.


Chapter 1
What Is Autism?
Chapter 2
Decisions and Best Practices
Chapter 3
Preparing Storytime Programs: What You Need to Know
Chapter 4
Storytime Program Models
Chapter 5
Programming for School-age Children
Chapter 6
Programming for Teens
Chapter 7
Programming for Families
Chapter 8
Programming in School Libraries
Appendix A: Resources
Appendix B: Books and Related Sensory Activities
Appendix C: Rhymes and Related Sensory Activities
Appendix D: Keys to a Successful Library Visit

Barbara Klipper

Barbara Klipper has been involved with people with autism since 1986, when the first of her two sons to have this disorder was diagnosed. She and her husband were founding parents of Giant Steps, a school for children with autism in Fairfield, Connecticut. In 2002 she was asked to develop the Special Needs Center collection for The Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut, and since then she has been able to combine her interests in librarianship and service to children with disabilities. She developed The Ferguson Library's grant-funded sensory storytime program, and she has presented at conferences and trained librarians from around the country in autism awareness and sensory storytime programming. An active member of the American Library Association, she has chaired the Library Services for Special Population Children and Their Caregivers Committee and served on the Schneider Family Book Award jury and the ALA Accessibility Assembly.

"A much-needed and accessible guide … authoritative."
— Booklist

"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