The goal of a sensory space is to provide an environment where children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, post-traumatic stress disorder, cerebral palsy, memory loss, dementia and sensory processing disorders can feel safe and welcome. The area contains a variety of products that are visually stimulating, tactile, calming and interactive.
In this session, Assistant Director Sara Siegler and a panel from the Ocean County Library, NJ will share with you their Sensory Space, and its journey to open up to the public, which was finally realized in 2021.
During this program, participants will conceptually create a sensory space in their own library, be it a school, special, corporate, or public institution. Participants will be given practical information for addressing considerations such as funding, budget, space design and layout, equipment, features, programming for all ages, and most importantly, discussing the project with key stakeholders. At the end of the program, participants will leave with a template so they are prepared and ready to start their project, at whatever scale, upon return to their library.
Sara Siegler - Ocean County Library
Givane Hayes - Ocean County Library
Meredith Silvestri - Ocean County Library
Wendi Smolowitz - Ocean County Library
Code of Conduct
For questions, please email Eliscia Cirrone, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional Development Hours: 1.5 (.15 CEUs)
FOR OUR PARTICIPANTS - You will need both a LILRC and a Zoom account. You will need to sign into your zoom account prior to accessing the meeting. LILRC account is for registration & your Zoom account is for access.
If you do not already have a LILRC account you will be prompted to create one (if you have forgotten your password, and need help resetting it you can email Eliscia at email@example.com). Please log into your LILRC account prior to registering to ensure your information is populated correctly.