St. Louis County Library offers Sensory Story Time for families with children ages 3-9 who are on the autism spectrum or who have multi-sensory needs. The program provides a welcoming environment for children to enjoy a story and other fun activities.
The program uses props, toys and tactile objects, to offer children a variety of ways to process the information being presented. In an effort to help kids feel more comfortable, SLCL also provides noise canceling head phones and blue light covers to mitigate sensory stimulation such as fluorescent lighting and loud noises.
SLCL staff have put together a social story about the various activities that will take place at Sensory Story Time. Parents report that providing a visual road map helps children with autism transition from one activity to the next. Social stories are linked below.
Currently one branch offers Sensory Story Time, more locations will be added in 2018.
Weber Road Branch
2nd & 4th Monday of the month, 6:30 p.m.
Social Story (pdf).