Serving Patrons with Autism Spectrum Disorder Workshop (Part 1)
A 2-part workshop, each session runs 90 minutes on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 and Thursday, June 21, 2018, starting at 2:00pm on both days. Please register for both parts and a link to the Zoom webinar session will be emailed prior to each event.
Autism is one of the most commonly diagnosed developmental disabilities, and the number of children identified as autistic continues to grow. In this workshop, Dr. Lesley Farmer takes you through the basics of autism, explaining the forms the condition can take and how individuals with this diagnosis tend to be unique.
You will learn about library-specific best practices for both interacting with patrons one-on-one and making the library environment, as a whole, more friendly. You will also learn about resources and instructional strategies for serving this population.
By participating in this workshop, you will learn:
- How to identify children and adults with ASD and understand their developmental challenges
- How to make your library environment comfortable for patrons with ASD
- Strategies for successful one-on-one interaction
- The print and digital resources available to librarians
Dr. Lesley Farmer, Professor at California State University (CSU) Long Beach, coordinates the Librarianship program. She also manages the CSU ICT Literacy Project. She earned her M.S. in Library Science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and received her doctorate in Adult Education from Temple University. Dr. Farmer chairs the IFLA’s School Libraries Section and is a Fulbright scholar. A frequent presenter and writer for the profession, she won American Library Association’s Phi Beta Mu Award for library education, the AASL Distinguished Services Award, and the International Association of School Librarianship Commendation Award. Dr. Farmer’s research interests include digital citizenship, information literacy, collaboration, assessment and data analysis. Her most recent books are Library Improvement through Data Analytics (ALA, 2016) and Managing the Successful School Library (ALA, 2017).
- Wednesday, June 20, 2018
- 2:00PM - 3:30PM
- Continuing Education