• By Jessica Cole
  • Posted Thursday, November 12, 2015

Enjoy Sensory Storytime for Children on Saturday, November 14

Sensory Storytime welcomes children two years of age and older, especially focusing 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 Christie Matheson's Tap the Magic Tree at 11 am on Saturday, November 14, at the Clemmons Branch Library. Librarians will stimulate sight, sound, and touch to explore apple trees as they bloom, produce fruit and loose their leaves.

Meet new friends at Sensory Storytime at the Clemmons Branch Library at 11 am, Saturday, November 14th.

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