Mississauga cinema to host sensory-friendly movie screening for kids

January 7, 2019 by  

Autism Ontario’s Central West branch has partnered with Mississauga’s Cineplex Cinemas Courtney Park to offer a special screening of ‘Lego Movie 2’ that will be adapted to suit the sensitivities of children who require special accommodations to enjoy the show.

With loud sounds, bright lights and crowds, attending a movie can often be out of reach for children who are autistic or have other sensory processing issues. Those who register for the occasion will have exclusive use of the theatre during the screening, and both the sounds and lights will be adjusted for the occasion. Neurotypical siblings are welcome to participate in this social learning opportunity along with their brothers and sisters, and there will be no trailers of commercials during the movie.

The organizers of this activity have requested that parents and caregivers stay on site during the movie, and they are also asked to refrain from wearing any scented products. Social story books, themed colouring sheets and name tags for all of the children who participate in an event like this can all be obtained from an area printing services provider.

The curtain will be going up for this special screening of ‘Lego 2’ at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 16. Tickets are on offer for $3.75, and proof of diagnosis is not required to register for the event.