Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Meeting Diverse Needs through Sensory Storytime: Programming for Children with Special Needs

Instructor: Lynn Baker

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

Children develop at different rates and have different strengths, needs, and abilities. Sensory Storytimes, which intentionally meet the diverse social-emotional, physical, and cognitive needs of children, include changes to the environment and schedule to best serve children who may have difficulties attending large group storytime programs for a variety of reasons. In this class, you will learn how to create both high-energy and low-energy storytimes to meet the sensory, social-emotional, physical, and cognitive needs of children who have special needs. Class content will include strategies for reaching out to families who may struggle with attending traditional storytime programs, as well as best practices for promoting Sensory Storytimes in a socially and culturally sensitive way.

After taking this class, successful participants will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between a high-energy Sensory Storytime and a low-energy Sensory Storytime
  • Identify specific changes in the environment that are needed to meet the needs of children need a high-energy and low-energy environment
  • Plan activities and experiences that meet a wide range of diverse needs that are characteristic of children who have difficulty attending traditional storytime programs
  • Advocate for and promote Sensory Storytime programs effectively

Expectations: This class is four weeks of content. There WILL be homework during the fourth week which will be due by the end of the fifth week. Although there are individual differences, you may expect each week to take 3 - 4 hours of work which includes the readings, watching the presentations, participating in forums, and submitting assignments.

This course is part of our Certificate in Early Childhood Literacy, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Lynn Baker

R. Lynn Baker is an early literacy consultant and credentialed early childhood trainer. She leads face-to-face and online trainings for early care and education professionals and librarians. Lynn is a former early childhood librarian and author of library program guidebooks, published by the American Library Association, including Counting Down to Kindergarten: A Complete Guide to Creating a School Readiness Program for Your Community and Creating Literacy-Based Programs for Children: Lesson Plans and Printable Resources for K-5. Lynn has over 25 years of experience in early childhood education. Lynn holds her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education and a minor in Special Education. She received her Master’s in Library and Information Science, with an early childhood focus, from San Jose State University.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.