Sensory Spaces and Creative Programming to Reach Your Diverse Community
Saturday, January 28, 2023
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Location: Morial Convention Center, Room 293-294
Level of Participation: Low
The goal of a sensory space is to provide an environment where children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, post-traumatic stress disorder, cerebral palsy, memory loss, dementia and sensory processing disorders can feel safe and welcome. The area contains a variety of products that are visually stimulating, tactile, calming and interactive. In this Learning Lab, a panel from the Ocean County Library, NJ will share with you their Sensory Space and its journey to open to the public which was finally realized in 2021. Participants will be given practical information for addressing considerations such as funding, budget, space design, equipment, and involving key stakeholders. Most importantly, programming for your community and involving all ages and abilities will be discussed.
Upon completion, participant will be able to create, design and invent their own sensory space based on the real and tangible design elements learned in the session.
Upon completion, participant will be able to recommend fully-detailed programming and outreach solutions that encourage support and engagement with diverse communities.
Upon completion, participant will be able to prepare and practice effective communication to key stakeholders the importance of funding for their own sensory space.
Upon completion, participant will be able to engage with neuro-diverse community members to seek out meaningful and impactful library programs and services that could add to their sensory space.
Upon completion, participant will be able to select, recommend and purchase a variety of sensory equipment either to build a sensory room, or, to supply a travelling sensory kit.