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Children with Special Needs

Westlake Porter Public Library offers a variety of tools and programs to improve access for our community.

Special Needs Programs
Mon, Apr 12, All day
Celebrate Cleveland International Film Festival! Register April 5 for a bag of craft activities inspired by A Costume for Nicolas! Pick up in the Youth Services Department or the Drive Up Window.
Registration is now closed

Thu, Apr 15, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join Dr. Kimberly Burkhart of Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital as she teaches behavior management strategies and learn ways to teach children to monitor and modify their own behavior.Register

Mon, Apr 19, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Feeling crafty? Make a craft project of your own with this simple, pick-up kit. For adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Please register to pick up a kit!
Registration opens Monday, April 12 2021 at 9:00am

Mon, Apr 19, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Poetry is the most sense-ual kind of writing. Pick up a kit and begin to explore how to write some tactile, olfactory, tasty poems and more! Ages 5-12.
Registration opens Monday, April 12 2021 at 9:00am

Mon, Apr 19, 9:00am - 9:00pm
You don't need a green thumb to pick up a kit and start growing! Kit includes seeds and simple, sensory based projects. Not included? The dirt, sun, or bugs! Ages 8-12
Registration opens Monday, April 12 2021 at 9:00am

Tue, Apr 20, 11:00am - 11:30am
Join us on Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter and enjoy a storytime while learning a few words in sign language! Ages 0-3.

Fri, Apr 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join us for a hands-on program designed to teach families how to use music to improve their child's motor, communication and social skills as well as behavior led by a Board-Certified Music Therapist.Register

Tue, Apr 27, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Parents and caregivers will learn strategies to help their child develop and maintain friendships and will discuss the complicated nature of social skills as it relates to a variety of diagnoses.Register

Tue, May 04, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join Krysia Orlowski, Volunteer Parent Coordinator, and Donikea Austin, Program Manager of Adoption Network Cleveland as they share tips that families formed by transracial adoption need to thrive.Register

Wed, May 05, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join Rob Adams, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist at Meghan Barlow and Associates, as he provides practical strategies to make the end of the year a positive, stress-free time for your child.Register

Sat, May 08, 9:30am - 10:00am
Reading Garden
Join us for a hands-on program designed to teach families how to use music to improve their child's motor, communication and social skills as well as behavior led by a Board-Certified Music Therapist.Register

Sat, May 08, 10:30am - 11:00am
Reading Garden
Join us for a hands-on program designed to teach families how to use music to improve their child's motor, communication and social skills as well as behavior led by a Board-Certified Music Therapist.Register

Sat, May 08, 11:00am - 11:30am
Zoom Programming 1
Join us for this ZOOM storytime designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared toward ages 3-7 years.
Registration opens Saturday, May 1 2021 at 9:00am

Sample page from the Adapted Storytime Social StoryVisiting the Library

We know visiting the library can be a challenge for families. Here is a social story to read with your child about visiting us and a social story about what to expect at Adapted Storytime!

Special Needs Collection

Print book and DVD resources for families raising children with special needs

 

Connecting for Kids

Community Resources

Looking to connect with others who will understand your situation? Consider contacting these local organizations who provide parent support and opportunities for families with children with special needs.

Do you need larger text or greater contrast when using the library catalog? Look for the Accessibility Mode icon in the top right corner. This simplified version of the catalog includes all of the links and content from the regular catalog with additional links to quickly move around the page. Use Ctrl and + (plus) keys (command and + on Mac) to increase the text size even more. Tap or click on the Main Menu icon and choose Disable Accessibility Mode to return to the regular format.

Sensory Break Box

Christopher models items from the Sensory Break BoxThe box contains a few tools such as noise-canceling headphones, a wobble seat, a weighted pad, foam roller, fidget toys and bubble timers that may be used by any patron in the building to help ensure a successful visit to the library.

If you find you or your child are struggling during a visit to the library, pick up the Break Box in the Youth Services Department!

Christopher models items from the Sensory Break Box.

Special Needs iPad

iPad with apps that serve patrons with special needsThe Youth Services Department has an iPad for use in special needs programming. Patrons are welcome to check-out the iPad from the Youth Services Desk while visiting the library to test a variety of apps focusing on encouraging children with special needs.

We have apps for communication such as Proloquo2Go as well as apps for helping children with learning disabilities including writing, reading and math apps. We even have apps that help build social skills and design sensory breaks.

The iPad cannot leave the library. To use the iPad you need a driver's license and a WPPL library card in good standing. You don't have to live in Westlake to obtain a WPPL library card.

KultureCity sensory inclusive logoWestlake Porter Public Library is Sensory Inclusive™ certified by KultureCity®. All staff members receive ongoing training to welcome anyone with sensory differences to the library.

In addition, we have Sensory Bags designed to help sensory needs in both adults and children available for checkout. The bags are filled with items that can help lessen sensory overload and also engage.

Adults with Special Needs

What about adults with special needs? All of our tools are open for use by adults and their adult family members with special needs.

Tyrone volunteers with parachute play
Tyrone volunteers with parachute play

Volunteers with Developmental or Intellectual Disabilities

Volunteer opportunities within the Youth Services Department are available for those ages 14+ with developmental or intellectual disabilities. If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, download an application and return it to the library.

For more information contact the Special Needs Resource Librarian at (440) 250-5471.

Next Chapter Book Club

WPPL hosts the Next Chapter Book Club! NCBC is an opportunity for adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities to make friends, enjoy books and have fun on a regular basis.

Club spots are limited and if you are interested in joining a club, or if you are interested in helping us provide NCBC to the community by facilitating a club, please contact the Special Needs Resource Librarian at 440-250-5471 for information.