Just because a person exhibits behaviors resulting from their disability, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to enjoy watching a film on the big screen. As such, sensory friendly and adaptive screenings are for moviegoers of any age who face challenges typically found in a theater. They are for those who may require a different environment, adaptive devices, accessibility or accommodations.
For families of kids with autism, other special needs or disabilities, going to the movies can be challenging. The blaring sound and contrast of bright lights in a pitch-black theater can be overstimulating. In addition, the immersive/3D formats of some movies can be overwhelming. Children on the autism spectrum can have anxiety producing reactions to the darkness, or the volume may be too much to bear. It can be difficult for a child to remain quiet and sit still for a movie.
Ricochet understands the difficulties and barriers that individuals and families of children with special needs experience. She strives to help them relax and enjoy the movie without worrying if someone will complain or be disturbed by noise or movement.
Sensory friendly screenings give families an opportunity to enjoy a movie with their loved ones. Kids are welcome to talk, get up, dance, walk around, shout, sing and even bark! Whatever makes them comfortable and helps them enjoy the movie. Ricochet encourages kids to express themselves in their own way.
Swag wish list
Ricochet would love to provide the following items to kids with special needs that attend her sponsored showings. These items could also be donated to a theater that has kids who attend sensory friendly screenings, field trips, summer camps. scouts, etc.
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