X was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) when he was 2 years old. Though we usually bring him to malls and other places to expose him to people, but never we got a chance to bring him in a cinema. Hesitant that he might scream, cry or misbehave and worried that others will complain and judge his behavior.
This morning, September 21, 2014 our son X had his first movie experienced. Thanks to the Intervention Center for Autism and Related Exceptionalities (iCARE) in cooperation with SM Cinema for organizing the first ever sensory-friendly-movie screening in Cagayan de Oro City. A sensory friendly movie feature, especially for children with special needs and their family and companions. Sensory friendly means that the cinema has low lights instead of total blackout during the screening because some children are afraid of total darkness and reduced volume because children with special needs are sensitive to loud sound.
The movie screening was free, hence five of us went to SM Cinema 1 this morning 10AM tagging along X’s 10-month old baby sister. As one of the first group to arrive, we were able to stationed ourselves in an area wherein it’s easier for us to control X. We thought that X might break down anytime inside the movie house, but to our surprised it was the opposite. He smiled when the movie “Adventures of Zambezia” appeared on the big screen, positioned himself on his father’s lap, with feet comfortably against the wall, and earnestly watched the movie as if he understands while munching popcorns. X really did a great job by staying very behaved most of the time in the entire duration of the movie. Not only him, but as well as other children with special needs present.
The event was indeed very successful, and we are very thankful that iCARE in partnership with SM Cinema gave this opportunity not only to our children but as well as to us parents and caregivers. The movie was not only enjoyed by the children but as well as by normal adults.
To iCARE Happy 1st Year Anniversary! Having you as the first Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy center in Cagayan de Oro City is a blessing. With your help we are hopeful that our son will be able to achieve his full potential. Probably not instantly, but in time.