This month, we have put together resources for people on the Spectrum, along with recommendations that best teach more about living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In addition, check out our staff blog post for more information:

What is Autism?

Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects people differently and to varying degrees.

While there is currently no known single cause of autism, early diagnosis helps a person receive the support and services that they need, which can lead to a quality life filled with opportunity.

Source: Autism Society. Autism-society.org. A website for individuals with autism and their friends and families. Offers current information, facts and statistics, and information regarding relevant legislation and fundraising.

Events at the Library

Biography Shorts for Kids: Well-Known Autistic Figures with Briana

Tuesday, April 6, 4:30 pm

Join us for more Biography Shorts for Kids. This week for Autism Awareness Month we will highlight three famous figures who have autism – Temple Grandin, Satoshi Tajiri and Greta Thunberg. We will present a brief biography of their lives and look at some materials that are available at the library so that you can learn more at home.

Watch the most recent episode of the Biography Shorts for Kids series on MCLS’ YouTube channel at 4:30 p.m.!

Earth Day Sensory Craft at the Hightstown Branch

Saturday, April 17, 3:00 pm

Children of all abilities are invited to the Hightstown Branch to create an Earth Day craft using a variety of textured materials. Each child will receive their own craft kit. Families are asked to bring a towel or blanket to sit on in Hightstown Memorial Park. Suggested for ages 3 and up.

We will be providing a safe environment by strictly adhering to social distancing guidelines. Please note the following:

Registration prior to the event is required. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

LOCATIONHightstown Branch

An Overview of ABA Therapy for Children with Autism

Rebecca Zegas, M.A., BCBA, provides an information session on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Join us for an overview of ABA, as well as the opportunity to get answers to questions about ABA therapy and the process of behavior change. Ms. Zegas received her Masters Degree in Special Education from Rider University and completed her ABA coursework at Penn State World Campus. Her diverse and extensive experience includes providing early intervention services, teaching in the classroom, and consulting for school districts. She is the founder of Limitless Behavioral Services and Consulting.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

Navigating Resources for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Wednesday, April 28, 6:30 pm

The Family Resource Network is proud to present our representatives from Autism Family Services of New Jersey, Caregivers of New Jersey, and Programs & Services to discuss the available care our organization can provide for your child or adolescent with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Family Services of New Jersey will be providing information on available Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Individual Support Services (ISS) services for Mercer county. Caregivers of New Jersey was formed in response to the growing number of caregivers within the state and provide a central point of contact on caregiving issues. They are also a leader in providing support coordination services and work with individuals to help develop person-centered life plans. Programs & Services will present community-based programs available for your child. Please join us for this informative session followed by a Q&A.

Online Resources

Reading Recommendations

Recommended by MCLS Librarians and NoveList Plus that has hundreds of reading lists that make it easy to quickly find great books to read and recommend.

Picture Books

Juvenile Fiction

Juvenile Nonfiction

NoveList Suggestions

Videos from our Librarians