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Programming for Children with Special Needs, Part Two

by Tricia Bohanon Twarogowski In Part One, the reasons for serving children with special needs in a storytime setting were highlighted. This week I will cover some elements of the Rhythm and Rhyme Storytime for Children with Special Needs and their Families which make the programming distinctive. Relaxed Rules: Due to developmental differences of children with special needs, I have not placed restrictions on ages of participants. We have successfully served children ranging in age from two to sixteen in the same session. Planning is geared towards preschool; I share this information with parents if they inquire about the target audience. The storytime is treated as a full family experience during which parents, siblings and therapists are welcome. During the program, we experience children moving around the room rather than sitting still, verbalizing occasionally at random and possibly needing to leave the room and return during the program. The following…