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Movie Showings for Guests & Families Living with Autism or Other Special Needs

With the holidays coming up, many families turn to the movie theater as a fun family activity, whether it is the new Marvel hero to hit the silver screen, Doctor Strange, defending our world from powers mystic, a trip across the Pacific Islands with the brave Moana and her demi-god friend Maui, or a journey to A Galaxy Far Far away with the new Star Wars story Rogue One. 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. Though they may love the stories told and the heroics performed it can be difficult yo handle all the sensory input. 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!

“AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to bring you unique movie showings where you can feel free to be you! We turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing!

We are now expanding our Sensory Friendly Film program to four showings per month.

  • The second and fourth Tuesday and Saturday.
  • Family-friendly movies will continue to show Saturdays, starting at 10am local time
  • We’ve added Tuesday showings at 7pm local time that may appeal to others on the autism spectrum.

Share posts and pics of your family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly.

Curious about the sensory friendly movie experience?”

What About Other Times?

Sometimes, however, there are times where a child with autism or other sensory disorders is in an environment that is overwhelming. In daily life there can be times where it can be too much, or special events that you want to share with those you care about, be it a concert, a sporting event, or simply a night in a crowded place.

There are. however, things you can do to help your child deal with these kinds of environments. One of the best of these products, that have gained popularity due to theb00muzvl5q latest Olympics is the earBanz available in both infant and kids sizes. Seen on Michael Phelp’s son, Boomer, these have become, with their certified noise
reduction, a great tool for parents to help their kids stay comfortable in loud environments. A cursory glance at social media shows kids and infants attending concerts and events with earBanz looking comfortable and undisturbed.

lap-padAnother great idea to help a child with sensory input disorders is to have either a weighted lap pad or blanket in order to help calm and comfort them. Providing a calming and soothing
weight, they can even be heated or cooled, they help a childblanket-green calm down in environments that might be overwhelming.



How do you and those you care about deal with entertainment options when dealing with sensory input disorders? Let us know in the comments!







Toys aren’t merely devices made to keep your busy little bee while you finish folding laundry. True, some do just that, but many toys are created as educational tools to teach your children and help them develop better physical, organizational, emotional and social skills. For example, introducing your child to puzzles early on is not only a great, essential way to ensure he or she get the hang of figuring out fun stuff now, but that they also succeed in the great puzzle that is life.

More benefits of playing with puzzles include the development of great hand-eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills, plus shape recognition and problem solving. Puzzles also help children learn about their place in this world and their surroundings while they also become socially confident creatures.

Puzzles also encourage little ones to set goals and achieve them, which then promotes the emergence of self esteem —and lot of it. And maybe, one day, they’ll also do their own laundry! Til then, let’s do some puzzles.

1. First Puzzle – Treehouse


Great for building self-esteem, this puzzle is large, which is great for sweet little hands, and it’s foam, which makes it easy for wee fingers to grip. Encouraging hand-eye coordination and visual sensory development, it’s designed to really get into the brain and improve cognition, logic, and reasoning.

2. Sensory Puzzle Blocks


Nice and vibrantly colored, these puzzle blocks help develop fine and gross motor skills while improving hand-eye coordination. They’re textured, too, so as to provide tactile and visual sensory input. Stack, build, and assemble the foam pieces with friends and family to improve social skills.

3. Tot’s First Chunky Pegs


Again, here’s a puzzle that’s made to help your child develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination. This 20-piece set is designed for tots 12-months old and up to stack, sort, match, and build away with the chunky pegs and pegboard.

4. Edushape Play Mat


Now here’s a cool concept: use six-by-six foam alpha-numerical puzzle pieces to get your little darling’s logic, reasoning, and motor skills running AND build a fort! With 36 pieces to play with in total, it’ll be easy for your sweetie to get lost in a little world of numbers, letters, and learning. Creating a whimsical box full of fun, this colorful, soft, easy-to-clean floor mat has endless learning possibilities, not to mention it’s also a great insulator for cold floors. Once assembled, the mat is 72”x72” big and is perfect for designating a specific play area in the home.

5. First Puzzle – Fun Forrest


This large foam puzzle has 10 pieces that are easy to grip so they work wonderfully with little fingers. While building self-esteem, this puzzle also encourages hand-eye coordination and visual sensory development and improves motor skills, cognition, logic and reasoning. And when joined by friends and family, it can also do wonders for your child’s social skills. Did we mention it features all of your favorite forest creatures?



What will be your kid’s first or next adventure in the wonderful world of puzzles? Leave us a comment or drop by our Facebook page to tell us all about it!

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