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Continuing Education Opportunity March 2017

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The American Library Association is offering a two-part workshop, Serving Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, on Wednesdays, March 15 and March 22, 2017. Each 90 minute session will begin at 1:30pm CST.

Dr. Lesley Farmer will cover the basics of autism, including forms the condition takes and how diagnosed children can be unique.


Topics include:
Identifying/understanding youth with ASD and their developmental challengesProviding a comfortable library environment  for youth with ASDStrategies for successful one-on-one interactionPrint and digital resources available to librarians
Register online through the ALA Store.  
Hope to see you February 8 for our next SNAILS gathering!

Special Needs/Special Programming: Engaging Children & Adults with Special Needs

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What if I told you that some of the most amazing people who visit our libraries are also the most underserved patrons? Warren-Newport Public Library is trying to change that by developing programs for children and adults with special needs.

On October 19, 2016 Adult Services Librarian Amy Longwell and I presented a session entitled "Special Needs/Special Programming: Engaging Children & Adults with Special Needs" at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference. Here are highlights of our presentation:

Librarians at Warren-Newport Public Library have developed and presented programs for children and adults with special needs. Programs for children and their families include sensory storytimes, sensory playtimes and sensory movie matinees. These are welcoming and sensory inviting programs that engage children with music, stories, STEAM activities, crafts, movies and more. Special Mondays in the Library (SMILE) is for adults with intellectual/developmental disabiliti…

Continuing Education Opportunities

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Is one of your new year resolutions is to learn something new? Then here are some opportunities for you!


Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff

In this asynchronous, 6-week eCourse offered by the American Library Association beginning January 23, 2017, librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. Ideal for those without previous experience.

Visit the ALA Store to learn more about cost, content, and how to register.



Creating Inclusive Storytimes for All Children

ALA is also offering a 90-minute inclusive storytime workshop Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 1:30 pm CST. Child development expert Carol Morrone will tie child development into storytelling, offering insight on working with children with special needs, including children affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and i…