Sensory Friendly FilmsGoing to the movies is usually a nice, easy way to entertain the kids on a hot summer afternoon. But nothing is “usual” around here. Taking kids with autism and sensory issues to a movie theater is anything but relaxing. The loud, booming sound track, intense contrast between the bright screen and dark theater, and worst of all, the silence thing. As in, people tend to glare at you when your kid starts repeating lines from the movie over and over and over and …. you get the idea.

Movie theaters and autism are NOT a good combo. No big deal, right? Just wait for the DVD and watch it at home. Except that movies can be a great way to start a social interaction – something kids like mine need to practice. The summer blockbuster gives the kids something to talk about that other kids might actually know and care about.

Thanks to the Autism Society’s Sensory Friendly Films, this is one normal childhood experience kids with autism don’t have to watch from the sidelines. For one showing, the theaters that participate in the program leave the house lights on, turn down the sound, and it’s ok for the kids to get up and move around, talk, sing along, or whatever else they need to do.

July’s Sensory Friendly Film is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Pt. 2! Thanks to the Autism Society for this great program. Do you have kids with autism spectrum or sensory integration disorders? Please pass this along – or better yet, plan a group outing to see the movie!

Have you been to a Sensory Friendly Film? How was it?