Ann Arbor Animal Shelter launches Storytime for Children with Autism

ANN ARBOR, me. – Humane Society of Huron Valley animals make story time special for Tree Town toddlers with autism.

The nonprofit has redesigned its Little Paws Story Time events to be more enjoyable for those deemed neurodivergent or autistic.

“We have been offering our Little Paws Story Time for several years, but we know that some children have difficulty sitting still for longer stories or feeling overwhelmed by bright lights or crowded rooms,” said Jessie Hitt, HSHV’s Humane Education Manager , in a press release. “That’s why we created ‘Sensory Story Time’ to offer neurodivergent and autistic children and their families an inviting space.”

The new story-based events will take place on selected Tuesday mornings at the HSHV Education Center at 3100 Cherry Hill Road. They are intended for children between the ages of 2 and 5, but all ages are welcome.

Young participants can interact with stories, finger games, and adoptable animals. Changes have been made to the sensory events, including low lighting, more space for the little ones who need to move, and multi-sensory play activities, HSHV said.


Sensory Story Time takes place on select Tuesdays at the Humane Society of Huron Valley. (Human Society of the Huron Valley)

“Sensory Story Time” will take place on Tuesday, November 23rd and Tuesday, December 14th, between 10:30 am and 11:30 am.

Each session costs $ 5 per child and is limited to 8 children with one companion each.

Pre-registration is required. Find out more here.

“We don’t want anyone to feel discouraged about attending storytime because they’re afraid their kid might not ‘fit in,'” said Hitt. “There is space here for everyone who loves animals, and the unconditionally loving animals fully agree.”

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