If you have a child with Autism or know a family with a child on the spectrum, you probably know that a lot of every day activities can be a challenge.
Simple things that most take for granted, things like visiting a new park and playing with the other children, shopping in a crowded store or going to the movies can be very difficult and require a LOT of advanced planning.
But going to the movies is one of those things that is almost a right of passage for kids. I know that I grew up visiting the local movie theatre and it’s certainly a popular choice when it comes to date night. But for children with Autism, it’s not that easy.
They are very easily overwhelmed by their environments and often have a very hard time sitting still for very long. Obviously, putting them into a dark, sometimes crowded room where they are expected to sit still and stay quiet doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
Well, now they don’t have to! Now they can get up, dance, sing, shout, move around, whatever makes them comfortable!
AMC Theatres have worked to create an environment that allows Autistic children to partake in the movie going experience while making it as comfortable as possible for them!
By the way, this is NOT a sponsored post. I really just love this concept so much that I wanted to share it with you!
Once a month, at theatres around the county, AMC puts on what they like to call Sensory Friendly Films.
They still play the newest movies but in a sensory friendly format. The lights remain turned up, the sound is turned down and everyone is not only allowed, but encouraged to get up sing, dance, and move about freely.
The next showing just happens to be this upcoming Saturday, so if you happen to live around one of their participating theatres (this program is not available in every theatre but it does look like they are adding new ones over time), grab the kids, head on over for a showing of Rio 2, and check this particular experience off the childhood bucket list!