As this month of Autism Awareness draws to a close, I want to celebrate some of the ways Carnegie Library supports children with autism and sensory needs throughout the year. Read on to learn more.
At the beginning of October, my colleague Michael and I began presenting Sensory Discoveries storytime at CLP – Squirrel Hill. Sensory Discoveries is a program designed for children with autism and other sensory processing disorders, as well as peers of all abilities. It is a warm and welcoming space where children and their caregivers can gather to share stories, songs and hands-on activities.
We use our senses to discover, observe and interpret the world, and a sensory discovery is just that: using a sense to discover, observe,and interpret, in other words, learn. In Storytime: Sensory Discoveries, we explore with our senses as we read, sing and play.