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Sensory friendly story time at the Lima Public Library

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The Allen County Educational Service Center partnered up with the West Central Ohio Autism Community to provide children with an autism sensory friendly story time. The Allen County Educational Service Center partnered up with the West Central Ohio Autism Community to provide children with an autism sensory friendly story time.
Many of the children might not be able to participate in a regular story time because there's too much sitting still, so a more sensory focused story time allows the youngsters to move around. Many of the children might not be able to participate in a regular story time because there's too much sitting still, so a more sensory focused story time allows the youngsters to move around.

A special story time event for the autism community, Wednesday.

The Allen County Educational Service Center partnered up with the West Central Ohio Autism Community to provide children with an autism sensory friendly story time. Other activities included music and sensory based crafts related to the story "Going on a Bear Hunt". Parent mentor with the Allen County Educational Services, Jenn Slechter says many of the children might not be able to participate in a regular story time because there's too much sitting still, so a more sensory focused story time allows the youngsters to move around.

"Kids need to have opportunities to learn in the way that they learn, and for some kids that means movement and that means sensory involvement and tactile things that they can touch, so it's important for parents to learn how to be able to do some of those things and one of the best ways to do that is by example, so if they can come and see how we can do a story that involves movement and tactile things and sensory involvement to help engage a child in a different way that can be really helpful," commented Slechter.

Slechter says the "Going on a Bear Hunt" theme really allows the children to move around and have fun.

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