Serving Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism is now the second most commonly diagnosed serious developmental disability, and the number of children identified as autistic continues to grow.  In this workshop, Dr. Lesley Farmer will take you through the basics of autism, explaining the forms the condition can take and how diagnosed children tend to be unique.

You will learn the library-specific challenges of dealing with this population, as well as best practices for both interacting with the children one-on-one and making the library environement as a whole more friendly. You will learn about resources and instructional strategies for dealing with this population.

Topics Include:

  • Identifying you with ASD and understanding their developmental challenges
  • Making your library environment comfortable for youth with ASD
  • Strategies for successful one-on-one interaction
  • Understanding the print and digital resources available to librarians


Dr. Lesley S. J. Farmer, professor at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), coordinates the Librarianship Program. She earned her MS in library science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and received her doctorate in adult education from Temple University. Farmer has worked as a librarian in K–12 school settings, as well as in public, special, and academic libraries. She is incoming chair of the Education Section of the Special Libraries Association, and she is the International Association of School Librarianship’s vice president of association relations. Farmer is a Fulbright Scholar and has received the Distinguished Scholarly Activity Award from CSULB, several professional association awards, and national and international grants. Farmer’s research interests include information literacy, assessment, collaboration, and educational technology. A frequent presenter and writer for the profession, Farmer has published two dozen professional books and more than a hundred professional book chapters and articles.


How to Register

This workshop will take place in 2 90-minute Sessions on Wednesdays, November 13 and 20, 2013 at 2:30pm Eastern. Registration is available at the ALA Store at both individual and group rates.