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June 3, 2014 > Special programs for special kids

Special programs for special kids

Submitted By Adina Aguirre

Kids are special in so many ways. Every parent knows that their child is unique! In Fremont, a growing population of children is extra-special: with special needs and developmental delays. This does not mean that they should be excluded from public places; rather, the library is an inclusive place meeting the needs of special families.

Since March, Fremont Main Library at 2400 Stevenson Blvd. has held monthly story times for children with special needs, developmental delays or concerns, and their families. Siblings are especially welcome! These story times are visual in nature, starting with a schedule review and comprised of books, songs, and rhymes. This hands-on, participatory story time is designed to engage children who move to the beat of their own drum. Each story time lasts between 20-30 minutes, and is followed by an active playtime when parents and kids are encouraged to talk to each other and participate in new sensory activities.

Special Needs Story Time is geared toward those who are chronologically ages 0-5; it is intended to be for those who are developmentally preschool or kindergarten age. A child can be eight years old, and still be on a preschool developmental level. There is also a Community Parent Playgroup which is held monthly at the Fremont Main Library; this handsÐon sensory playtime is also geared toward children with developmental delays or concerns.

Registration for these events is one week prior to their taking place. Special Needs Story Time is the second Saturday of the month and the Community Parent Playgroup is the fourth weekend of the month. Librarians and staff encourage all families of special kids to contact them at (510) 745-1421 to register.

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