I am so excited about being able to give away two pairs of tickets, Courtesy of Cinema Cafe, to the Sensory Friendly Movie Showing of Wreck-It Ralph this Tuesday, November 13th, at 6:30 pm, good for the Kemps River or Hampton locations. CONTINUE READING
I was excited to get a phone call from Caitlin Hylinski from Cinema Cafe yesterday. Based on the response on Facebook and comments on our blog post about Sensory Friendly Movies, Cinema Cafe has decided to run two Sensory Friendly Shows of Wreck-It Ralph, on Tuesday, November 13th at 6:30 pm at the Kemps River and Hampton locations. CONTINUE READING
If you're at our office in Virginia Beach over the next few weeks, you'll see this fun fall craft project sitting by our front office window. Crafts for fall are always on my list of things to do this time of year.
I got the idea of covering a white pumpkin in melted crayons from a tutorial at The Swell Life blog. It's sure to be a hit at our office, one word of warning: it is a bit messy. So be prepared if you try it out.
We just put up a new pinboard on Pinterest for things to do in Virginia Beach with kids on the Spectrum. We have several locals contributing ideas for activities, resources, and anything else that would be helpful to the autism community.
There are lots of great things to do in Virginia Beach. We wanted to have a central location for all these ideas. If you'd like to pin to this board, let us know in the comments.
Here are a few of the ideas we featured for Autism Virginia Beach on Pinterest... CONTINUE READING
5. That's not my puppy...
by Fiona Watts & Rachael Wells
This sensory-friendly book is part of the Usborne touchy-feely "That's not my..." series. Toddlers, infants, and kiddos on the spectrum will all enjoy the sensory experience of this book. It's also a great way to introduce the concepts of distinguishing things within a category, such as different parts of a thing and different types of the same thing.
This afternoon I had a chat with Caitlin Hylinski, the Event Coordinator at Cinema Cafe Kemps River in Virginia Beach, about the idea of starting a monthly sensory-friendly showing. She told me they had thought about it, but was not sure there was enough interest. I told her I thought there probably was, considering that nearly every seat is sold out at the other sensory friendly showing in town each month.
Usually a sensory friendly movie showing will involve skipping the movie previews, leaving the lights on, and turning the sound down quite a bit. Families who attend know what the deal is and are comfortable with behaviors of individuals with autism. What Cinema Cafe needs to hear now is how excited the Virginia Beach Autism community is about the idea of a second monthly sensory friendly movie showing. Let us know in the comments if you'd be interested. Comment on the Cinema Cafe Facebook Page. Email or call Cinema Cafe at email@example.com or 757.747.1396. Would you be more likely to attend a showing at Kemps River, Pembroke or Greenbrier?