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Online Learning Archive - Special Needs Programming

As a result of the partnership between the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County and the Autism Society of North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County Chapter, training videos have been produced by PLCMC staff members who have been planning and presenting programming specific to children with special needs and their families since 2008.  While the programming is geared for all types of special needs, the primary audience for this type of program is children on the autism spectrum.

"Between 1 and 1.5 million Americans are autistic.  It is the fastest-growing developmental disability, seeing an increase of over 10% each year (Autism Society of America).  It is no surprise, then, for librarians to be seeing increasing numbers of autistic children at their programs." - ALSC Blogpost by Kiera Parrott


Conducting a Special Needs Storytime


Emily Nanney, Children’s Services Manager at South County Regional Library and Tricia Bohanon Twarogowski, Children’s Services Manager at Matthews Branch Library share background information in the first video segment including how the programming started, what components contribute to the program plan, possible collaborations with related organizations and future potential in the area of special needs programming.

Running Time: 25 minutes
Video 1 of 2



The second video segment contains in its entirety a “Rhythm and Rhyme:  A Storytime for Children with Special Needs and their Families” program held April 11, 2009 at Matthews Branch Library.  This program was led by Tricia Bohanon Twarogowski with Joanne de Bruyn assisting in the presentation.

Running Time: 30 minutes
Video 2 of 2





Related Links

Tricia Twarogowski's Articles on the Association for Library Service to Children's Blog:
Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five

PLCMC: Live Online Learning: Main Page

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