Autism is now the second most commonly diagnosed serious developmental disability, and the number of children identified as autistic continues to grow. In this workshop, Dr. Lesley Farmer will take you through the basics of autism, explaining the forms the condition can take and how diagnosed children tend to be unique.
You will learn the library-specific challenges of dealing with this population, as well as best practices for both interacting with the children one-on-one and making the library environment as a whole more friendly. You will learn about resources and instructional strategies for dealing with this population.
* Identifying youth with ASD and understanding their developmental challenges;
* Making your library environment comfortable for youth with ASD;
* Strategies for successful one-on-one interaction;
* Understanding the print and digital resources available to librarians.
Location: Lakes Regional Library
Presenter: Dr. Lesley S. J. Farmer
Dr. Lesley S. J. Farmer, professor at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), coordinates the Librarianship Program. She earned her MS in library science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and received her doctorate in adult education from Temple University. Farmer has worked as a librarian in K–12 school settings, as well as in public, special, and academic libraries. She is incoming chair of the Education Section of the Special Libraries Association, and she is the International Association of School Librarianship’s Vice President of Association Relations. Farmer is a Fulbright Scholar and has received the Distinguished Scholarly Activity Award from CSULB, several professional association awards, and national and international grants. Farmer’s research interests include information literacy, assessment, collaboration, and educational technology. A frequent presenter and writer for the profession, Farmer has published two dozen professional books and more than a hundred professional book chapters and articles.
Julie has a passion for building the information literacy skills of patrons and students. In learning to use databases and eResources, people develop important skill sets that help them discern the value of information and make informed decisions. In a world where there is an overload of information, these skills are the key to being informed and judicious.
Julie hopes that all educators develop a proactive philosophy with their eResources rather than reacting to projects as they come and seeing the databases as a pile of information. Her lessons focus on helping participants understand the pieces of eResources so that librarians and teachers can direct people to the materials that are right for them. Below are just a few things that our customers are saying about Julie and her workshops:
•“Julie is a fantastic trainer, and her background in academic libraries helps her offer very practical suggestions on how and why to use the Gale databases.”
•“Julie was great! I am going to talk to my administration about what I learned and ways to implement it tomorrow.”
•“Julie was fabulous! She certainly has real-life examples of how to use this resource and why, since she was a librarian. I will definitely make sure that every teacher and the upper-grade students (elementary) in my building will know how to use this.”
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