Pennsylvania's Public Libraries are striving to include Sensory Storytimes as part of their programming for children with special needs. The following resources provide background information and resources on sensory stoytimes to help with planning and delivery. Check back soon for actual Storytime Plans to assist your programming efforts!
• Peruse this article from American Libraries magazine, titled Storytime for the Spectrum: Libraries add services for children with autism by Megan Cottrell, for the "how and why" of including this type of storytime for your community. Megan even includes a list of tips for getting started!
• Select books for your Special Needs Storytimes with the help of guidelines from this ALSC blog. For actual lists of books to choose from, see this post from ALSC.
For additional resources, check out this Pinterest board dedicated to the topic of Sensory Storytime. This board is curated by members of the ALSC membership.
Here is our first sensory storytime plan; more to follow soon!
Sensory Stoytime - Spring!
Music and movement activities are vital to early learning! Check out a recent Blog post on ALSC that cites reseach support for music and movement programs at the library and gives a detailed program overview.
Take a look at this article in Public Libraries Online that gives a wealth of suggestions for incorporating music and movement into your read-alouds during storytime!