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Planes: Fire and Rescue offers kids with special needs a way to escape the heat

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This month's Sensory Friendly Film is Planes: Fire & Rescue. Where I live we are in the triple digits, so seeing a movie is a great way to get into air conditioning for a little while. But you don't have to be escaping the scorching heat to go to a Sensory Friendly Film, since the AMC program is nationwide. All shows start at 10 am local time and the admission price is reduced since families with kids with special needs often face financial hardships. Planes: Fire & Rescue will be shown on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

The program was started to give families with children with special needs the chance to have a fun outing together. Sensory Friendly Screenings present first-run family films in a more gentle environment that is more tolerable for people with sensory issues as well as other special needs. The house lights stay on so there is no darkness to fear and the sound system is kept lower than its usual deafening roar, which can make it easier on people with especially sensitive hearing. The films are shown in the 2-D version to minimize the sensory input. Showing first-run movies also lets these kids join in the playground chatter and share a common experience with their typical peers. It also allows them to get in on all the cool new merchandise and toys ($$$). Guests are welcome to move around, which is a great relief for those who have challenges with sitting still. You can also bring in food and drinks that cater to special dietary needs. The program is presented in cooperation with the Autism Society of America.

For more Planes: Fire and Rescue fun check out the games and activities here.

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