For families and kids living with an autism spectrum disorder, things can get a little overwhelming. What can I go to with my child? Where are the resources in my community? How have others handled this? I don’t have the answers to all of those questions, but here at the Library, we do have some resources for you. Here are just a few selections that are available from Kitsap Regional Library for parents, kids and teens:
Bright not broken: gifted kids, ADHD and autism by Diane M. Kennedy and Rebecca S. Banks with Temple Grandin
101 games and activities for children with autism, Asperger's, and sensory processing disorders by Tara Delaney, M.S., OTR.
The survival guide for kids with autism spectrum disorders (and their parents) by Elizabeth Verdick and Elizabeth Reeve, illustrated by Nick Kobyluch
Arnie and his school tools by Jennifer Veenendall
How to be human: diary of an autistic girl text and illustrations by Florida Frenz
The autism playbook for teens by Irene McHenry and Carol Moog
And be sure to check out Sensory Storytimes at the Port Orchard Library coming this fall on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 4:30 PM with Youth Services Librarian, Nathan!
Have fun with books! Families will read books, sing songs, play with puppets and do fingerplays along with the librarian. This event is ideal for families looking for smaller group sizes, fewer sensory inputs and a more predictable routine in their storytime experience. Sensory Storytime is especially welcoming for children on the spectrum and encourages participation in a manner that is adaptive to each individual child.
Have a wonderful weekend and we'll see you at the Library!