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Discover Sensory-Friendly Resources at the Library

The Miami-Dade Public Library System offers a diverse array of sensory-friendly programs and events year-round. During Autism Acceptance Month in April, we invite you to explore programs and events designed for children and families with special needs, neurodiverse individuals and anyone who could benefit from a welcoming and inclusive environment, along with resources and recommended reads to promote greater awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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The Miami-Dade Public Library System is recognized as an autism-friendly partner by the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD).

Social Narratrives

Library Social Narratives

These fun, interactive short stories are designed to assist you in preparing your loved one before a visit to your local library. Each branch has its own customized Social Narrative.

Ready to explore? Click the buttom below to view and download the document.

Online Resources

Get more information on autism through our online library of eBooks, eAudiobooks and medical databases. Information is available in English and Spanish.

Keyword search: Autism
Palabra clave: Autismo

Talking book casette in audio player

Talking Books

The Miami-Dade Public Library System's Braille & Talking Books Library loans audio and Braille books and magazines, along with a player, free by mail to persons with special needs and those who have difficulty reading or using printed books.

Library Sensory Kits

Sensory Kits are available at all library locations for in-library use. The kits contain items that can help create a calming and soothing effect, including fidget strings, squeezable toys and more. Noise reducing ear muffs are also available. Kits are available to all ages.

See library staff for more details during your visit or call your local branch.

Sensory-Friendly Programs and Events

Tue, Apr 16, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Hialeah Gardens Branch
Celebrate Earth Day and Autism Awareness Month by creating sensory friendly 3D moving caterpillars using tissue, construction paper and straws. Registration is required. For more information, please contact the branch at 305-825-8520 or ruizo@mdpls.org. Ages 7 - 10 yrs.

Sat, Apr 20, 10:00am - 11:00am
Miami Beach Regional
Get ready to have fun while making music with a board certified music therapist. The program is designed to engage kids at all levels of development. Ages 3-12 yrs. Registration required. For information contact 305-535-4219 or Capleyb@mdpls.org.

Sat, Apr 20, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
International Mall Branch
Join us for a sensory-filled play session where kids can explore and play freely and engage in themed activities and games. Presented by Kiddz Sense. For more information contact 305-594-2514 or symonsj@mdpls.org. Ages 4 - 10 yrs.

Thu, Apr 25, 10:30am - 11:30am
Culmer/Overtown Branch
Get ready to have fun while making music with a board-certified music therapist. The program is designed to engage kids at all levels of development. Ages 3-12 yrs. Registration required. For information contact 305-579-5322 or Darbeaul@mdpls.org

Thu, Apr 25, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
North Dade Regional
Enjoy a collection of whimsical short films that celebrate touch and sound, then engage in tactile exploration with a hands-on art and puppetry demo. This sensory-rich adventure of imagination and joy is presented by Sockz Studio. Registration required. For more information, please contact the library at 305-625-6424 or noelp@mdpls.org. All ages.

Sat, Apr 27, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Coral Reef Branch
Explore the library using all your senses! Enjoy a sensory-friendly storytime, make a fun craft, interact with our StoryWalk and more! Open to children of all abilities. For more information, please contact 305-233-8324 or quiroslasom@mdpls.org. All ages.

Sat, Apr 27, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Palm Springs North Branch
Enjoy a collection of whimsical short films that celebrate touch and sound, then engage in tactile exploration with a hands-on art and puppetry demo. This sensory-rich adventure of imagination and joy is presented by Sockz Studio. Registration required. For more information, please contact the branch at 305-820-8564 or padronc@mdpls.org. All ages.

Sat, Apr 27, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Coral Reef Branch - Auditorium,Coral Reef Virtual Programs Room
Join us online or in person for a reading of the picture book "All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism" with authors Shaina Rudolph and Danielle Royer. After the story, enjoy an art activity inspired by the book. Registration required. For information contact the branch at 305-233-8324 or quiroslasom@mdpls.org. Ages 4-7 yrs.

Sat, Apr 27, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Coral Reef Branch
Enjoy a creative sensory and brain balancing musical exploration using instruments, dancing, singing and mindfulness. For more information, please contact 305-233-8324 or quiroslasom@mdpls.org. All ages.

Tue, Apr 30, 10:00am - 11:00am
Naranja Branch
Listen through a whisper-ma-phone as you travel through the grickle grass and truffula trees to discover the story of the Lorax in a brand-new way, immersed through your senses. Presented by Kiddz Sense. Materials will be provided. Registration is required. All ages.