New autism film series will be 'sensory friendly'
LEWISBURG - As part of Geisinger's Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute's (ADMI) Community Outreach and Family Support initiative, ADMI and The Campus Theatre will offer children with special developmental needs and their families a chance to experience the joy of seeing a movie on the big screen.
The series begins Sunday with "Happy Feet" at the Campus Theatre, 413 Market St. Doors open at 1 p.m. with planned activities for children and parents. The movie begins at 2 p.m.
Dr. Thomas Challman, medical director for ADMI said this film series gives children with special needs a chance to see a movie in a theatre without experiencing sensory overload.
"Most film-goers can attest to the intensity of many of today's films - loud music, vivid special effects, explosions, fast scene changes and multiple dimensions," he said. "Imagine, then, the impact on a child with special needs who may be eager to experience the joy of seeing a movie on the big screen, but is unable to withstand the sensory overload."
The film series provides a comfortable and accepting environment for those who want to get up, move around or make noise; features family friendly movies in 2D; begins on-time, with no previews or trailers; lowers the volume of music and special effects; provides low-level lighting, instead of total darkness, and allows those with special dietary needs to bring snacks.
The event is free of charge and donations will be accepted by the theatre to fund future screenings.
Those wishing to attend must RSVP to Megan Epler at 570-522-6281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future screenings are scheduled for March 16 and April 13. Doors will open at 1 p.m. for family support activities prior to each movie. Movies will begin promptly at 2 p.m.