Sensory Storytime: Preschool Programming That Makes Sense for Kids with Autism

Sensory Storytime incorporates theory and practices from Sensory Integration Occupational Therapy into a regular library preschool story hour that is fun for all kids and appropriate for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  In this webinar, you’ll be introduced to some of the theory behind Sensory Storytime, some options and issues related to this type of programming, and the specifics of how one public library structures its Sensory Storytime program.   The webinar will equip you with the information and resources you need to be able to design or modify your own programs so you can better serve the young children with autism in your community.

Learning Outcomes

Learners will:
  • Be informed about the sensory systems and will learn about the different types of Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Receive information on how to structure a Sensory Storytime program
  • Be introduced to some of the supports that children with autism need to participate successfully in Sensory Storytime
  • Gain an understanding of how to define their program goals
  • Receive information about resources and materials they can use to develop their own programs

Who Should Attend

Children's librarians and library paraprofessional and support staff in public and school libraries who work with young children.


Barbara Klipper was a youth services librarian for The Ferguson Library in Stamford, CT from 1997 - 2012.  She has extensive experience in creating and promoting library services for children with disabilities and their families.  She has presented on autism at meetings of the Connecticut Library Association, the Rhode Island Library Association and the New England Library Association.  In 2009 she received a grant that allowed her to start a Sensory Storytime program at her library and to train librarians around Connecticut in this storytime model.  At the ALA Annual meeting in 2011 Barbara headed up a panel presentation on these programs.  She has been a member of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award Committee and the ALSC representative to the ALA Accessibility Assembly.



Webcasts are priced at $25 each (less 10% discount for ALA members) for individuals and $195 each (less 10% discount for ALA members) 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.

How to Register

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. You will 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.

Tech Requirements

computer, internet access


If you have questions about the webinar, please contact the webinar instructor Barbara Klipper.

If you have questions about purchase, please visit the FAQ or contact the ALA Store by phone: 1-866-Shop ALA or by email  

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