Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Autism Friendly Film Screenings

Now the school holidays are upon us, we have the tricky task of entertaining the kids. This task is even more tricky when your child is autistic, as the sensory overload can sometimes be too much.

I had an email from our local Parent partnership the other day and it was all about autism friendly cinema screenings. I think these are a great idea as my son often finds cinema frustrating. There are too many adverts and the noise is too loud and scary. We had to take him out of the cinema once because he was screaming and crying because of the volume levels.

Autism friendly cinema screenings have these special features:

1.The lights will be on low
2.The volume will be turned down
3.There will be no trailers at the beginning of the film
4.You'll be able to take your own food and drinks
 5.You'll be able to move around the cinema if you like, although no running is allowed.

If you live in the UK, there is a dedicated website showing where all of the special screenings are due to take place nationwide. The site is called Dimensions and the link is here.

1 comment:

  1. I only did a post about this - fab aren't they?

    I took DS to the cinema today to try him (normal screening) as he does so well during the autism friendly, we lasted a hour and had to come out as it sensory overload but was impressed he lasted so long.