Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the United States, affecting 1 in every 68 children, according to Autism Speaks, a nationwide nonprofit autism advocacy organization. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be a broad diagnosis, encompassing folks with various levels of functioning. Common characteristics of ASD include difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors, with the most obvious signs becoming apparent around ages 2-3.
MCPL will begin offering a brand-new 30-minute story time designed with children with ASD and Sensory Processing Disorder in mind, as well as typically-developing children and kids who may have difficulty sitting still. This monthly story time, which kicks off January 14, engages all of your child’s senses through movement, stories, music and play time. Typical activities will include reading stories, singing interactive songs, blowing bubbles, stretching Thera-Bands, parachute play, flannel board activities and walking on a tactile balance beam. Parents and kids are also encouraged to socialize, play and bond after the story time as well.
Sensory Story Time is best suited for children ages 3-6, with a parent or caregiver in attendance. Registration is also required. For more information about this program or to register, call 715-261-7220.