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Carver County and several other Minnesota libraries are piloting Sensitive Storytimes to accommodate children on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorders.
The Center for Engaging Autism has trained librarians to better serve children on the spectrum in their communities.
Kristin Jones, a youth services librarian, participated in the center’s sensitive story time workshops and brought the pilot program to Carver County this fall at the Chanhassen and Waconia library branches.
Jones uses rhythm sticks, scarves, egg shakers, interactive books and a visual schedule to engage the children.
“I’ve gotten a lot of good responses from parents,” she said. I’m really excited to see how it grows.”