Sensory Story Time at the Chester County Library

Beginning in January, the Youth Services Department will begin offering once-monthly Sensory Story times. Sensory Story times are specially designed for children on the autism spectrum who function at a preschool level.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is estimated to affect more than 3 million individuals in the United States--approximately 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed. In fact, roughly 100 individuals are diagnosed with autism every day. Autism is our fastest-growing serious develop¬mental disability.

Children with developmental disabilities or sensory processing disorders often find it challenging to stay focused or to transition from one activity to another. In story time, parents may worry that their child will disrupt the learning of other children or be judged because their child’s behavior is different from that of other children. For this reason many families may avoid library programs.

By offering a program tuned to the specific needs of these children, we aim to create a safe place where children on the spectrum can enjoy books and literacy programming. Sensory Story times will include all of the early literacy elements that are part of every story time--stories, fingerplays, songs, and activities--but presented in an environment where all families can feel secure and relaxed. Parents will understand that even if their child is noisy or distracted they will always be welcome.

Our first Sensory Story time will take place on January 19th at 10:00 am. Registration will begin on December 20th through our online event calendar.