How are you observing National Autism Awareness Month?
While individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) might have difficulties with communication, library settings can play an important role in facilitating speech development and information exchanges with people beyond their family. By engaging in library activities, these students have the opportunity to interact and communicate with others, thus exposing them to typical communication styles.
In this free sneak peek of her six-part video workshop on School Library Connection, Dr. Nancy Everhart introduces us to her topic (above) and outlines some effective communication strategies for working with students with ASD in your school library (below). The full workshop—with coverage of technology, preparing students with ASD for a library visit, designing your library environment, and responding to challenging behaviors—will be available to School Library Connection subscribers on April 22nd.
Nancy Everhart, PhD, is Professor, School of Information, at Florida State University. She earned a master’s in educational media from the University of Central Florida and a doctorate in library science from Florida State University. Everhart is the primary investigator for the IMLS-funded Project PALS (Panhandle Autism Library Services), enabling librarians to better serve patrons on the autism spectrum. She is a past president of AASL, current co-chair of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards revision committee, and in 2012 received the School Librarianship Award from the International Association of School Librarianship. Everhart is also the author of over 100 publications.