Storytimes at Des Plaines Public Library are full of fun and learning. We include stories, songs, dancing, rhymes, bubbles, and sometimes a craft or activity!
But what happens if your little one finds storytime over stimulating or has trouble sitting still because of sensory sensitivities or other special needs?
While children of all abilities are invited to participate in their age-appropriate storytime, we know that it can be a bit overwhelming for some families.
Our goal is to include all children, so this fall we have planned storytimes just for children with special needs and their families.
Sensory Storytimes offer the same fun and enriching experience that all of our storytimes do, with a less distracting environment through specially selected books, songs, and rhymes.
There will be a visual schedule to follow that I am creating on Picto-Selector, such as the images you see here. The room will have softer lighting, and plenty of space to step away if needed. After storytime (which will last about 20 minutes) is finished, families are welcome to socialize and do a craft or activity.
Check out our event calendar for all upcoming storytimes and programs.
At DPPL, there are an ample amount of resources on navigating life with a special needs child. Here are some books that I found helpful as I prepared and planned for Sensory Storytime: