- Sample Digital Sensory Storytime by Amy Price. This 2-page instruction guide describes the environment and sequence of events of an example digital sensory storytime using Green Eggs and Ham (PDF file, 51KB).
- Sensory Storytime: Begin with ALSC!, a post on the SNAILS: Special Needs and Inclusive Library Services blog, November 23, 2013.
- Sensory Storytimes, a presentation at the 2013 Oregon Library Association/Washington Library Association Conference by Esther Moberg, Library Director, Seaside Public Library (OR) (PDF file, 3MB).
- Sensory Storytime How-To Guide by the Tulsa City-County Library Sensory Storytime Pilot Committee, October 2012 (PDF file, 229 KB).
- Sensory Storytime: A (brief) How-To Guide by Ashley Waring, Children's Librarian, Reading Public Library (MA). ALSC blog, March 14, 2012.
- Sensory Storytimes: Reaching Children with Special Needs in the Public Library, a panel discussion from the 2011 North Carolina Library Association conference.
- Sensory Storytime: Preschool Programming That Makes Sense for Kids with Autism is a fee-based archived ALSC webinar that covers 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.
Digital books/apps/iPad resources
- Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2013, a service of the American Association of School Librarians.
- Moms With Apps supports app developers who create family-friendly apps. In 2013, Moms With Apps and ACT: The Association for Competitive Technology entered into a partnership to bring best practices in online privacy to the forefront of kids' application development.
- Interactive eBook developers discussed in the tutorial include Oceanhouse Media, iStoryTime, and Nosy Crow.
General resources for working with patrons with autism in the library
- Including Families of Children with Special Needs: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, revised edition, a book revised by Carrie Scott Banks; by Sandra Feinberg, Barbara Jordan, Kathleen Deerr, and Michelle Langa (ALA Neal-Schuman, 2014).
- Programming for Children and Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder, a book by Barbara Klipper (ALA Editions, 2014). Here is an ALA press release with details about this book.
- Inclusive Services Training for Library Staff, a series of video trainings and support materials provided by the San José Public Library and the Santa Clara County Office of Education's Inclusion Collaborative and Digital Design and Media Services. This series is provided to help librarians establish inclusive storytimes and other literacy services that can better meet the needs of children with autism and other special needs. All materials are free to use. This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.
- Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected, a project of the Scotch Plains Public Library (NJ) and Fanwood Memorial Library (NJ). This project offers training videos and in-person and online courses on best practices and universal service for persons with ASD. View the videos, "Libraries and Autism, part 1" and "Libraries and Autism, part 2".
- Going Beyond Sensory Storytime: Sensory School-Age Programming by Tricia Bohanon Twarogowski, a post on the ALSC blog about programming for developmentally older children.
- Programming for Children with Special Needs by Tricia Bohanon Twarogowski, a series on the ALSC blog. The link is to part 1 of 5; links to the other parts appear within part 1. See also Follow-Up to ALSC Blog Series "Special Needs Programming, Parts 1-5" for updates and program enhancements.
- Programs for Children with Autism and Their Families by Susanna Chan; a program from the 2012 New Jersey Library Association conference.
- "Autism and iPads: What We Are Learning", an article by Amy Price. Teacher-Librarian, Feb. 2014, pp. 40-41. (subscription required)
Tools and supports described in the tutorial
- Story Creator app, which may be used to create a "Storytime Storybook" as described in part 3 of the tutorial.
- What Are Social Stories™? from the Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding.
- Boardmaker software, Boardmaker Share, and Boardmaker Achieve as described in part 4 of the tutorial.
- Reflector Airplay Receiver as described in part 4.
- Visual Timer example shown in part 4.
- Autism Speaks
- Autism Society
- Centers for Disease Control
- National Autism Association
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- State-by-state Resource Guide from Autism Speaks lists schools, afterschool programs, therapeutic services, health services, intervention providers, support networks, and other important services and resources for people with autism and their families.
- Autism information from Healthfinder.gov.
Thank you to Kathleen Carter, intern at EducatorLabs, for recommending additional resources for this guide.