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As we continue our ongoing Digital Literacy series, today marks the third annual Digital Learning Day. For today's post, we'll be focusing on autism and library services.

To read more on these topics, delve into the book Library Services for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders by Lesley S. J. Farmer. In her book she defines autism, which is generally couched within the broader term of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and gives directions on how librarians can give effective service to autistic patrons. The book also includes suggested websites and digital tools that can help those autistic patrons thrive through using the Internet.

Check out her book and visit the following websites for more information:

  • I Love To Know Autism - This website has real-world tips for improving social skills, encouraging interaction and communication, and understanding the diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders in children.
  • The Autism Hub - A central point for blogs about autism from autistic people, family members, and students/professionals.
  • The Nabi 'Inspire' Tablet - A computer tablet specifically designed for children with autism. Nabi offers direct assistance to and helps raise awareness of families living with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

View the following DVDs for more insight into coping with and understanding autism:

  • Aut-erobics: Autism Movement Therapy - This movement oriented program was designed to help children on the Autism spectrum through fun dance-inspired routines, promoting working with peers and interacting with others.
  • The Autism Enigma - Documentary exploring an international group of scientists who are looking for clues in human's biological makeup, particularly microscopic bacteria, to better understand autism and the parents who have been supporting the groundbreaking scientific research.

As always, we'd love for you to join in the conversation, so feel free to leave a comment below!

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Additional research and content contributed by Peter Santa Maria.

Tags: Digital Literacy

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