The Child's Place
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Parent Workshop, Discussion
Sibshop Workshop, Demonstration
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The Child's Place for Children (and Teens) With Special Needs
At Brooklyn Public Library, there's a place where all children can relax, play and have fun. We provide unique programs for children with and without disabilities from birth to age 12.
Read more about Universal Design at the Child's Place for Children with Special Needs.
Fostering an inclusive environment, this unique Brooklyn resource opens its doors to all children, parents, caregivers, and educators. Join us at one of our many free programs:
Children Ages 0-5
- Read and Play provides children with and without disabilities up to age five (and their families) a book-sharing and creative educational playtime. Children learn social skills and language development is stimulated by playing together with age-appropriate toys.
Kids Ages 5-12
- After School Stories, a fun-filled hour of stories and crafts for children with and without disabilities, their families, and friends.
- Our Garden Club (April-October) participants focus on gardening and related activities.
Read more about Our Garden Club
Teens and Young Adults Ages 12-23
- Legos in the Library, an afternoon of Lego projects. For teens ages 12+ with or without disabilities.
- Universal Makerspace, an accessible space for experimenting and hanging out, where teens can innovate, create and make something great!
- Accessible Arcade Check out our new Adaptive Gaming Arcade for teens with and without disabilities.
- Gaming for All! (Word Doc) Last Saturday of each month
Students of All Ages
- Class Visits introduce children to Brooklyn Public Library, provide access to library cards and are specially designed to suit students' individual needs. Our staff read books and issue library cards in the classroom and at the Library. By appointment only. Call 718-253-4948 for more information.
Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers
- Parenting Workshops provide a forum for discussion of topical issues. Guest experts speak on education, advocacy, discipline, medical issues, language development, and many other topics.
- Brooklyn Family Support Service Advisory Council Outreach. Thursday, March 5th, 10am - 1pm Trustee's Room Central Library
- Advocacy Skills for Parents. Friday, March 13th, 10am - 12pm. Trustees Room, Central Library.
- Helping the Struggling Reader. Wednesday, March 18th, 10am - 12pm. Info Commons Lab.
- Post-Secondary Education Options for Students with Disabilities. Wednesday, April 1st 6 - 8pm. Trustee's Room Central Library.
- Supporting Positive Behavior in the Home. Sunday, April 29th, 11:30am - 1:30pm. Brooklyn Heights Library. 280 Cadman Plaza West
To request additional quantities of Brooklyn Public Library's "The Child's Place" brochures for distribution, please fill out this Brochure Request Form (PDF). The brochures and the shipping are free.
- Reading Troubadours read to children in medical clinics, giving them free RIF books to keep.
- Learn more about what Reading Troubadours do.
- Young Adult Leaders help with crafts and gardening programs or assist behind the scenes.
Volunteer opportunities are open to all, including young adults with developmental disabilities. Call for other volunteer opportunities.
Parent Information Center at Flatlands Library offers a wide array of books, book-and-CD sets, and other resources on exceptional parenting, as well as as resources for and about children and teens with special needs. Parents, family members, caregivers, and professionals who work with children may also benefit from our selection of magazines, newsletters, pamphlets, and CDs. Some materials are available in alternative formats.
Kindergarten Admission Process
- Advocates for Children Kindergarten Admissions Guide for Families
- Kindergarten Orientation Meetings (PDF)
Children's Mental Health Resources
- Children's Mental Health Resources for children, teens and adults (DOC)
- Tips for Talking to Children and Youth After Traumatic Events: A Guide for parents and Educators by the U.S. Department of Hhealth and Human Services (PDF)
- Bullying Resources (DOC)
Special Education Resources
- Guide to 504 Services for Children with a Medical Diagnosis (PDF)
- Mediation Guide (PDF)
- City Council Special Education Reform Resources Fall 2012 (DOC)
- How Special Education Busing Works (Power Point)
- A Shared Path to Success: A Parent's Guide to Special Education Services by the New York City Department of Education(PDF)
- Special Education Reform Fact Sheet for Parents - Arise Coalition
- Back to School 2012 Fact Sheet - Advocates for Children
- Turning 5 Guide
- What is transition planning and why is it important?
Resources for Teens and Young Adults
- National Center for Learning Disabilities http://www.ncld.org/adults-learning-disabilities/post-high-school
- International Dyslexia Association Adult Self-Assessment Test http://www.interdys.org/AreYouDyslexic_AdultTest.htm
- Learning Disabilities Association of America Support and Resources for Adults with LD http://ldaamerica.org/adults/
- “Welcome to the Autistic Community” brochure for adults on the autism spectrum from Autistic Self Advocacy Network http://autisticadvocacy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/WTTAC-Adult-FINAL-2.pdf
- Learning Ally http://www.learningally.org/adult-learners/ paid access to audiobooks, including college textbooks.
The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs is located in five barrier-free BPL libraries. Our equipment makes the library experience accessible to children with different abilities. Cube chairs, mats for floor play, positioning cushions, and adaptive toys are available. For information about adaptive technology, please call 718-253-4948.
Our Generous Sponsors
The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs is partially funded by Coordinated Outreach Library Services aid from the New York State Education Department, administered by the State Library's Division of Library Development. Additional funding is provided by The Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, the Elsam Fund, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Stop & Stor, the Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust, The Laura B. Vogler Foundation, Inc., as well as through endowment funds established by The Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund and the Ilma F. Kern Foundation.