For many families, going to see a movie is an entertaining way to spend time together. But for kids with autism, the traditional movie experience can be pretty overwhelming. The loud sounds and the dark can be pretty overwhelming, and the need to watch the movie in silence can be hard for the kids. For many families with kids with autism, going to a movie theater together is simply not an option.
Fortunately, movie theaters across the country have recognized the need to offer sensory-friendly viewings.
AMC Sensory Friendly Films to Families Affected by Autism is just one example in a growing movement to welcome families with kids on the spectrum to the theater by adapting to the audience’s unique needs. According to their website, “the auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!” AMC’s program, and many other theater companies with similar initiatives, is available across the country, and their popularity is growing!
Curious about the sensory friendly movie experience? See how one theater in South Bend, Indiana is adapting to welcome the autistic audience!
These initiatives have a real and meaningful impact on kids and their families. Has your community done anything like this to help kids on the spectrum? Share and exchange ideas in the comments section!Whizzco