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.



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 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.