The Berkshire Athenaeum is pleased to announce new dates for our ongoing Sensory Story times, targeted to families with children on the autism spectrum. Sensory Story Times for June are scheduled for 11 am – 12 noon on Tuesday, June 13, June 20 and June 27. No registration is required.
Customized to the children’s needs, these programs include prompts to provide a tangible way for children to follow a story line and a structure that helps with transition from one activity to the next. Children’s Librarian Nan Pearson explains, “We’re aware our community includes families with children on the spectrum. We’ve learned these families often don’t feel comfortable in a traditional library story time. This was a gap in our services, a need; and we wanted to create a welcoming space for these kids and their parents.”
Sarah Lynn, Pediatric Development Center professional who manages the Berkshire Early Autism Resources program, will lead the story hour. Also available will be sensory tools/toys from a collection purchased for the library by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.
The Sensory Story Time is funded by a grant to the Athenaeum provided through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.