Ask an Agent: Ideas for Visiting Classes with Mild Intellectual Disabilities

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Question: I can’t help but notice that teachers that teach “General Learning Programs” with students with mild intellectual disabilities visit us regularly the most at my Public Library. Since the mild intellectual disabilities varies autism, behavioral issues, learning disability etc. I’m looking for new ways to serve this user group. I have done scavenger hunts, played larger then life board games, weekly themed displays, etc. But I am looking for new ways to engage these Teens who only come for thirty minute blocks.

 Jenni (South San Francisco Public Library) says:

We have a group that comes to the library with their teacher, and they use their library time as a sort of job training time. They have learned how to alphabetize and shelve things, so when they arrive they are given one cart of picture books (or DVDs or something similar) to put in order and shelve as a group. They enjoy being able to do something helpful, and they’re also gaining job skills while at the library.

 

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