Providing early literacy sessions in libraries to preschoolers on the autism spectrum and their parents
Autism CRC partnered with the First 5 Forever team in Brisbane City Council (BCC) Libraries to undertake this project. Currently, more than 160 early literacy sessions, sometimes referred to as Story Time sessions, are conducted in BCC libraries each week, with more than 300,000 adults and children attending annually.
The overall aim of this project was to enable more inclusive participation of preschoolers on the autism spectrum in Story Time sessions delivered in BCC libraries.
We aimed to addressed this by:
- Providing professional development training to build knowledge of:
- emergent literacy development in preschoolers on the autism spectrum
- strategies for working with children on the autism spectrum
- Developing autism-friendly Story Times for parents of preschoolers on the autism spectrum, to be delivered by library staff
- Embedding the autism-friendly Story Times into community practice through development of a multimedia professional development package for ongoing use.
This project provided an overview of the development and refinement of an online professional development package to support autism-friendly Story Time sessions delivered by librarians in the community libraries.
- Development of an online training program for librarians delivering autism friendly story time sessionsPublished 8 Nov 2020
- Early literacy learning experiences across home and community libraries for young children who have autismPublished 20 Dec 2019
- Fiction or non-fiction: Parent-reported book preferences of their preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)Published 14 Dec 2019
- Reading Comprehension in the First Year of Schooling for Verbal Students with Autism Spectrum DisorderPublished 1 May 2019
- Marleen Westerveld, Griffith University