As a result of the partnership between Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and the Autism Society of North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County Chapter, training videos have been produced by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library staff members who have been planning and presenting programming specific to children with special needs and their families since 2008. In recent years, programming has expanded to reach children, teens, and adults with special needs. Programming is geared for all types of special needs and includes individuals 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 Coordinator and Tricia Bohanon Twarogowski, former Children’s 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
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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
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Read more of Tricia Twarogowski's Articles on the Association for Library Service to Children's Blog
Sensory Learning Events
Join us for this story time specifically designed for adults with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues or other developmental disabilities.
Being involved in the community is a great way to make connections and build skills. Join the Matthews Yarncrafters as we create handmade items for various local nonprofits. Basic yarncrafting experience is preferred (knitting, crochet, etc.) Registration is not required.
Join us for this inclusive program filled with stories, songs, and activities specifically designed for individuals with sensory integration challenges and developmental and adaptability difficulties.