Autism family friendly movies help everyone watch movies

Autism family friendly movies help everyone watch movies

Going to see the latest blockbuster is something a lot of us love.

But sometimes families who have kids with Autism don't get to enjoy them.

Emagine Theaters and Centria Autism Services put on a sensory screening once a month.

The smell of mouthwatering popcorn, and sitting in a comfy chair in front of the silver screen.

There's something special about going to the movies with family.

But for Natasha Barber and her family

“We've tried multiple, multiple times,” she said.

It's something that doesn't happen as often as they'd like, because her son Joshua has Autism.

“It's dark, it's loud, it's packed full of people he can't rock or hit the chair in front of him so we end up disturbing people or he's making too much noise or just out of respect I have to take him out,” Natasha said.

But once a month they get that family outing at Emagine Theaters. The lights are turned up and the sound is turned down. Christina Shickles from Centria Autism Services says movie goers can also bring their own snacks.

“For them to be able to come and be in an environment where they're comfortable where they're not going to have one of those behaviors because of the sound triggering it,” she said.

So now every family gets to have the popcorn and sit in front of silver screen. And during the Autism Family Friendly movies, every kid can be themselves.

“All the kids were running around and talking and josh could be josh,” Natasha said.

The next movie is at the Emagine in Birch Run on Saturday February 24, at 10:30 in the morning.

It's Peter Rabbit.

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