What's After Storytime: Programming for Children and Tweens With Autism

Many libraries are now offering preschool storytimes adapted to meet the needs of young children with autism, but fewer libraries have programs for elementary and middle school age children with this disability. With the autism incidence presently at 1 in 50 children (CDC, 2013) these children are in all communities. 
This session will provide participants with helpful background information on autism and specific techniques to use when working with school-age children with this disability. A variety of program types will be discussed and the ways they can be designed to serve children with autism will be introduced.  

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will have a deeper understanding of autism and how this disability can manifest in children 
  • Participants will understand the types of books that are likely to appeal to children with autism and why  
  • Participants will be able to identify at least three programs they can offer for these children 
  • Participants will understand the features that make a program autism-friendly  

Who Should Attend

Youth services librarians in public libraries Librarians working in elementary and middle schools


Barbara Klipper has been training librarians on autism since 2006. She started the grant-funded Sensory Storytime program at The Ferguson Library in Stamford, CT in 2009, has presented on this program at ALA, and has taught a webinar on this subject four times for ALSC. Her book, Programming for Children and Teens With Autism Spectrum Disorder is being published by ALA Editions in Fall, 2013.



ALSC offers this archived webinar to all ALSC members free of charge. Non-members can purchase the webinar archive for $25 per individual, or $195 for groups.
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How to Register

ALSC members, please click this link to view the archived webinar. Note that you will need your ALA login information to access the archived webinar; if you click on this link and receive a page error message, please ignore it and proceed to the login link in the top right corner of the page. If you are an ALSC member and you are having problems logging into the ALSC website please contact Kristen Figliulo.

Non-ALSC members, please use the links below to purchase the webinar archive through the ALA Store:


Tech Requirements

computer, internet access


If you have questions about purchase, please visit the FAQ or contact the ALA Store by phone: 1-866-Shop ALA or by email ala-orders@PBD.com.  
All other inquiries can be directed to Kristen Figliulo, ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, via email or by calling (312) 280-4026.