• By M. Adam and C. Mayhand
  • Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Enjoy Sensory Storytime for Children Saturday, September 19

Sensory Storytime welcomes all ages and all children while focusing especially on those with special needs. Story-based therapeutic activities aim to engage children with sensory integration challenges or autism spectrum disorders.

Why Sensory Storytimes? This program gives freedom within a structured space to children with special needs. It aims to include families who may feel excluded by regular storytime expectations of children such as sitting still, listening quietly, or understanding stories with short glimpses of illustrations when a book is held up.

How Is Sensory Storytime Different from Regular Storytime? Regular children's storytimes may or may not include the following features: deliberate sensory input, more interaction and freedom of movement, use of visual schedules, and built-in play time--one story followed by activities and play time. During Sensory Storytime, librarians are sensitive to delayed motor skills and to the possibility of noise or crowd issues. Additionally, caregivers are welcomed without feeling they have to apologize for their children's behavior beyond basic concerns for safety. For more about libraries and autism, click here. Click here for The Autism Consortium.

Come see and hear Zoe Hall's Fall Leaves Fall! at 11 am on Saturday, September 19, at Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Center. Librarians will stimulate sight, sound, and touch to explore the theme of FALL. Enjoy singing "Hello Everybody, Glad To See You" and "Skinamarinky Dinky Dink".

Meet new friends at Sensory Storytime at the Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Center at 11 am, Saturday, September 19.

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