Ask an Agent: How Do You Include Spectrum Teens that aren’t Independent?

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Question: How do you incorporate spectrum teens who aren’t independent into teen programming? Do you allow parent to come in? Or do you have another system set up like another staff member? I usually try to keep adults out of teen programming, but I know this is a special case. I want the teen to be included, but also don’t want other teens to feel uncomfortable because non-library staff adults are involved.

Jenni (South San Francisco Public Library) says:

This sounds like something that should be decided on a case-by-case basis. I don’t have any teens or children with special needs who attend library programs, or at least none whose parents have verbalized it to me.

Pamela (TSU) says: 

I’ve had a teen come in with her aide, and that worked really well.  It’s really dependent on the teen and how comfortable they are in social situations.  Sometimes it’s just a matter of letting them come in for a bit to feel comfortable.  One of my co-workers, who has extensive experience working with an autistic child, is offering tours and storytimes for ASD kids, teens, and adults.  It is a program that a group would need to request, however.  We are looking to see what kind of interest there is and then proceed from there.


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