Tomorrow, AMC Sensory Friendly Films is Showing FREE BIRDS

Last updated on September 21st, 2014 at 07:35 pm

Sensory Friendly Films logoOnce a month, AMC Entertainment (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and with other special needs ”Sensory Friendly Movie Screenings“ – a wonderful opportunity to enjoy their favorite “family-friendly” films in a safe and accepting environment.

The movie auditoriums will have their lights turned up and the sound turned down. Families will be able to bring in snacks to match their child’s dietary needs (i.e. gluten-free, casein-free, etc.), there are no advertisements or previews before the movie and it’s totally acceptable to get up and dance, walk, shout, talk to each other…and even sing – in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced during movie screenings unless the safety of the audience is questioned.

Does it make a difference? Absolutely! Imagine …no need to shhhhh your child. No angry stares from other movie goers. Many parents think twice before bringing a child to a movie theater. Add to that Free Birdsyour child’s Cloudy with Chance of Meatballs 2special needs and it can easily become cause for parental panic. But on this one day a month, for this Propecia one screening, everyone is there to relax and have a good time, everyone expects to be surrounded by kids – with and without special needs – and the movie theater policy becomes “Tolerance is Golden”.

On Saturday October 5th at 10am local time, Free Birds will be screened as part of the Autism Society “Sensory Friendly Movie Screenings” program. Tickets are $4 to $6 depending on the location. To find a theatre near you, here is a list of AMC theatres nationwide participating in this fabulous program (note: to access list, please scroll to the bottom of the page).

Coming December 7th: Frozen 2-D

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Editor’s note: Although Free Birds has been chosen by the Autism Society as this month’s Sensory Friendly screening, we do want parents to know that it is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for action/peril and rude humor. As always, please check the IMDB Parent’s Guide for a more detailed description of this film to determine if it is right for you and your child.

Secrets of Family Bonding with Opposite-Gender Kids

Last updated on November 14th, 2013 at 08:49 pm

My dentist was a mother of two teen boys, and I hungered to know what kind of life might lie ahead of me. What I really needed to know was this: How did she keep her teen boys talking to her? Her curious response: skiing. She explained, “I got them into skiing nearly as soon as they could stand. It’s something they love, that I love, that we’ve always done together. It gives us common ground.”

Here I am now, unpacking the last piece of equipment from one of countless quickie weekend ski trips that my own family has taken. I marvel at how right my dentist was. Not specifically about skiing but about how important it is for us as parents to cultivate that common ground with our kids, especially those of the opposite gender.

Bonding with Opposite Gender ChildMy 77-year-old mother-in-law, herself a mom of two sons, chose football. She might not know the first thing about Twitter or have a clue what’s on anybody’s iPod, but you should have seen her with all her boys cheering on the Saints, arguing calls and making penny bets watching the Super Bowl last month. My father got my sister and me camping and hiking early in life. Fifty years later, our wilderness adventures are still my family’s touchstone.

So here’s my advice: While your kids are still young, take a little time to figure out what your own family touchstone will be. Then forge ahead and make it happen.



Child Health & Safety News Roundup: 10-28-2013 to 11-03-2013

Last updated on March 2nd, 2018 at 02:51 pm

twitter thumbWelcome to Pediatric Safety’s weekly “Child Health & Safety News Roundup”- a recap of the past week’s child health and safety news headlines from around the world.

Each day we use Twitter to communicate relevant and timely health and safety information to the parents, medical professionals and other caregivers who follow us. Occasionally we may miss something, but we think overall we’re doing a pretty good job of keeping you informed. But for our friends and colleagues who are not on Twitter (or who are but may have missed something), we offer you a recap of the past week’s top 25 events & stories.

PedSafe Headline of the Week:

Pediatric Musculoskeletal MRSA Infections On The Rise http://t.co/a4vuGm7Rx8
very scary news!

A Not So Shocking Holiday Season (tips to keep your family safe)

Last updated on September 13th, 2015 at 12:11 am

holiday lights safetyHalloween has just ended and now it’s time to take down the Halloween decorations and bring out the big light shows for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It seems to me that driving around every holiday season, I see more and more lights and inflatables and decorations and among all these things I see extension cords all over the place. I see them in trees, running across yards and roofs and even hooked up to neighboring houses. And that is not even mentioning what is plugged in on the inside of the house. While there is nothing wrong with putting up lights and decorations, there is a level of safety and awareness that goes along with our holiday decorating fun.

The website HolidaySafety.org has some great safety tips to keep in mind this coming holiday season:

Safety Tips

  1. When using electricity outdoors, always plug extension cords into GFCI-protected outlets.
  2. When working outdoors, use only weather-resistant, heavy gauge extension cords marked “for outdoor use.” These cords have added safeguards designed to withstand the outdoor environment.
  3. Keep all outdoor extension cords and light strands clear of snow and standing water, and well protected from the elements.
  4. Purchase cords from authorized retailers and check to see that they have been approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
  5. Select a cord that is long enough to meet your needs. Never attempt to extend the length of an extension cord by connecting it with another extension cord.
  6. Never use a cord that feels hot or is damaged in any way. Touching even a single exposed strand can result in an electric shock or burn.
  7. Make sure the extension cord you use is rated for the products to be plugged in and is marked for either indoor or outdoor use.
  8. Examine extension cords before each use. Cracked, frayed, or otherwise damaged cords should be replaced immediately.
  9. Unplug and safely store after every use. Store cords indoors to keep them protected from damage caused by water and excessive heat.
  10. Do not place extension cords in high traffic areas, under carpets or across walkways where they pose a potential tripping hazard.

We all want to have a safe and happy holiday season and put up our decorations, both inside and out, so taking just a little extra time and having a safe and well thought out electrical plan can help make happy memories this holiday season.

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Last updated on August 30th, 2015 at 05:07 pm

Editor’s Note: While we would love to take credit for all the terrific information included in this post …(and of course are incredibly flattered that our name appears in the title)…in truth, we had nothing to do with the creation of this wonderful infographic. All credit (along with our thanks) goes to Adams Safety Training.

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