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
There is a lot of research that indicates meditation can be very helpful for self-regulation, calming the brain and mind, increasing the ability focus, among a myriad of other benefits. But how many parents out there can imagine teaching a (neurotypical) child to meditate? How about a child with ADHD, Autism, or Asperger's?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 757.747.1396. Would you be more likely to attend a showing at Kemps River, Pembroke or Greenbrier?
I was excited this week to notice that there is now a gluten free section at our local mega store (you know the one).
We have many clients who are on GFCF (Gluten Free, Casein Free) diets and who are forced to shop at specialty grocery stores for these types of food items. I am glad to see that chains are starting to provide more options.
Prices seemed reasonable, especially compared to those I've seen at specialty type stores. They carried a variety of different products, all gluten free, including pasta, cereal, and snacks.
I wasn't able to check every product, but it looked like several were both gluten and casein free. Comment and let us know what you think of chain stores carrying these types of items. Have you noticed a section like this in one of your stores?