Resources for Serving Autistic
Youth in Libraries

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Everything a librarian or media specialist needs to understand Autism Spectrum Disorder, train library staff, and develop inclusive programming.
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This book is full of easy, use-it-today advice for teachers and parents that a creative librarian can easily adapt to the library.

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This book is a complete programming guide with step-by-step instructions for creating inclusive library services for children and teens with ASD.

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This brochure lists the sensory story kits available for checkout at the Helen Plum Library in Lombard, IL.

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This webpage offers free songs, games, and printables for children with ASD.

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This article describes the services provided by the Brooklyn Public Library’s Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs.

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In this 10-minute training video, librarians see exactly what a library looks like when actively engaging patrons with autism.

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This book covers a wide range of topics regarding library outreach programs for children with special needs.

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These two infographics, which can be downloaded as pdfs, show simple ways to interact with and support children with autism.

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This tip sheet for parents of children with autism outlines tactics to prepare their child for a trip to the library.

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This article from the journal Children and Libraries includes a brief overview of ASD to help librarians understand how children with ASD process and understand their environment.

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This blog post explores how libraries can support young adults with ASD as they transition out of public services at age 22.

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This series of training videos and documents are intended to educate public librarians and staff about ASD, suggest programming, and give all the tools necessary to start a sensory storytime program from scratch.