Library Services for Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Library Services for Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • ISBN-13: 9780838911815
  • $11.79

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Autism is now the second most commonly diagnosed serious developmental disability, and the number of children identified as autistic continues to grow. Introducing what autism spectrum disorders are, and identifying the great need to build and manage programs for different youth with these disorders, Farmer offers librarians in or outside a school environment all the information they need to build a library literacy program geared towards these children. Designed to both awaken sensitivities of library staff and address the questions of those who are already aware of the issue, this bookShows how children with this diagnosis are increasingly mainstreamed into traditional library and school programs and identifies the special needs and issues they face in a library settingEquips readers to meet the needs of young library users who are autistic with practical tools for training library staff, teachers, and volunteersExplains hyperlexia, the main barrier to the development of literacy among these children, and how programs using sensory experiences can strengthen both literacy skills and socializationProposes strategies for using library design to ensure that materials and resources are accessible to all patronsIncluding a glossary of terms and bibliography of additional resources, Farmer's book is an important tool for raising awareness and supporting literacy development for children with these disorders in the library setting.

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