Blogger Kiera Parrott, Early Literacy, Outreach, Programming Ideas, Slice of Life

Stories on the Spectrum: Adventures in Outreach, Planning, and Programming for Kids with ASD

Last year, I blogged about doing special class visits with a group of students on the autistic spectrum.  At that time, I was working in New York City and got to meet the kids through my relationship with their teacher- a regular library user.  Since moving to a new library, I had been itching to do more programming for kids on the spectrum.  It’s one of those things that’s hard to explain- I simply love working with children who have autism.  Whether they are low- or high-functioning, I am continually surprised, inspired, and delighted by their unique way of viewing the world.  I couldn’t wait to figure out how I was going to continue to work with this population at a new library, in a new and different community.  But unlike my situation in the city, the suburbs initially proved a more challenging place to do outreach.  No public transportation.  Not as…