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

Course Level & Prerequisites

No prerequisites required.


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.

Date(s) & Time(s)

This webcast is not taking place live; you are purchasing a recording of the session that has already taken place.  This webcast can be purchased through the ALA Store:

Webcasts are priced at $25 each (less 10% discount for ALA members) for individuals and $195 each (less 10% discount for ALAmembers) for groups. If access to a webcast will be shared with multiple people—viewing either on an individual basis or gathered together in a single location—then the group rate applies. You'll have access to the webcast for one year from date of purchase. 
Webcasts are intended for the sole use of the purchaser, whether an individual or group. Redistribution or rebroadcast to another individual or group other than the purchaser is prohibited. Thank you for your cooperation.

Technical Requirements

To take part you must have a computer, high-speed Internet access, web browser, and a copy of Flash® Player 8 or higher.  You can download a free copy of Flash® Player from the Adobe website if you do not already have it.

You are encouraged to test your connection prior to registering for a webinar.  If your internet connection is not high speed you may have problems inside the virtual meeting room.  For more information, view a video about Abode Connect meetings produced by Adobe.


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All other inquiries, including sponsorship questions, can be directed to Kristen Sutherland, ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, via email or by calling (312) 280-4026.