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Goosebumps 2: is Sensory Friendly Twice at AMC (10/13 & 10/27)

Last updated on October 24th, 2018 at 12:04 am

New sensory friendly logoSince 2007, AMC Entertainment (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other special needs “Sensory Friendly Films” every month – a wonderful opportunity to enjoy fun new films in a safe and accepting environment. Tomorrow, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is Sensory Friendly at AMC.

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 your child’s special needs and it can easily become cause for parental panic. Goosebumps 2 movie posterBut on this one day a month, for this 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“.

Families affected by autism or other special needs can view a sensory friendly screening of  Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween on Saturday, October 13th or Saturday October 27th at 10am (local time). Tickets are typically $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 full list, please scroll to the bottom of the page).

Still to come in October:  Halloween (Tues. 10/23)

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Editor’s note: Although Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween has been chosen by the AMC and the Autism Society as this month’s Sensory Friendly Film, we do want parents to know that it is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for frightening & intense scenes.  As always, please check the IMDB Parents Guide for a more detailed description of this film to determine if it is right for you and your family.

Child Health & Safety News 10/8: US Breaking Hot-Car-Death Record

Last updated on October 14th, 2018 at 08:23 pm

twitter thumbIn this week’s Child Safety News: If Florence damaged your car seat, Safe Kids NC will be handing out new car seats to storm victims bit.ly/2OORndj  

Welcome 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 social media to communicate relevant and timely health and safety information to the parents, medical professionals and caregivers who follow us. Occasionally we overlook something, but overall we think we’re doing a pretty good job of keeping you informed. Still, quite a bit happens every day – so to make sure you don’t miss anything, we offer you a recap of this week’s top 20 events & stories.

  • Demand for campus child care in MN spurs outcry from parents strib.mn/2pDeXvb 2018-10-07
  • “What might a child-friendly airport look like?” bit.ly/2E53QVW  2018-10-07
  • Govt of Canada investing in maternal and child health bit.ly/2pIoBMV Funding will expand reach of the Baby-Friendly Initiative and help improve breastfeeding rates across Canada 2018-10-07
  • Of the four parental ‘feeding styles,’ only one is good for kids’ health, experts say cnn.it/2ykhcrm 2018-10-07

PedSafe Child Health & Safety News Headline of the Week
US on verge of breaking its own record for kids who’ve died in hot cars within a year.
Despite increased public awareness, 48 children have died this year 
https://abc11.tv/2RwAH8N 

  • How to Limit Screen Time Without Conflict – 5 experts weigh in bit.ly/2O6KJQ2 2018-10-06
  • Backpacks and laptops are required for most students, but together they contribute to back pain and long-term joint problems. bit.ly/2DWi6A4  2018-10-05
  • Change your child’s diet, decrease their need for an organ transplant bit.ly/2DW1AjS  2018-10-05
  • Join Pediatric Safety in Supporting Vulnerable Children bit.ly/2NZPrPv 2018-10-05
  • Sextortion Among Adolescents – Cyberbullying Research Center bit.ly/2Rt1enf  2018-10-05
  • Senators Call for Federal Investigation of Children’s Apps nyti.ms/2RqOYDK 2018-10-04
  • Sibling Warfare? Stay Neutral!! Thurs Time Capsule 10/12: bit.ly/2RofJsH 2018-10-04
  • Nemours doctors perform first pediatric liver transplant in Jamaica bit.ly/2P9K24M 2018-10-03
  • Uber Numb Pain Medication Recalled for Child Safety Risk http://bit.ly/2E6Lfsx 2018-10-03
  • Fun removes fear: Autistic teens, children meet first responders  bit.ly/2P4R2Qe 2018-10-02
  • Fire safety: 4 simple changes that can save lives http://bit.ly/2QHC9UL  2018-10-01
  • Being your child’s cyber-mentor on.today.com/2y1Elyx 2018-10-01
  • Atypical Representation: Special Needs Is Out of the Closet bit.ly/2zHvhB2 2018-10-01

Tomorrow Night at AMC, Venom is Sensory Friendly

Last updated on October 14th, 2018 at 08:22 pm

AMC Entertainment (AMC) has expanded their Sensory Friendly Films program in partnership with the Autism Society. This Tuesday evening, families affected by autism or other special needs have the opportunity to view a sensory friendly screening of Venom, a film that may appeal to older audiences on the autism spectrum.

As always, 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 kid. No angry stares from Venom movie posterother movie goers. Many parents think twice before bringing a child to a movie theater. Add to that your child’s special needs and it can easily become cause for parental panic. But on this one day a month, for this 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“.

AMC and the Autism Society will be showing Venom as a sensory friendly feature film tomorrow, Tuesday, October 9th at 7pm (local time). Tickets can be as low as $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 full list, please scroll to the bottom of the page).

Still to come in October: Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (Sat. 10/13 & 10/27); Halloween (Tues. 10/23)

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Editor’s note: Venom has been chosen by AMC and the Autism Society for a Tuesday Sensory Friendly “Mature Audience” screening. Parents should be advised that it is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for language.  As always, please check the IMDB Parents Guide for a more detailed description of this film to determine if it is right for you and your family.

Child Health & Safety News 10/1: 74% of Child Restraints Misused

Last updated on October 14th, 2018 at 08:23 pm

twitter thumbIn this week’s Child Health News: Viral Video of Baby Breathing Shows Important Warning Sign Ahead of Flu Season bit.ly/2NEOdsz 

Welcome 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 social media to communicate relevant and timely health and safety information to the parents, medical professionals and caregivers who follow us. Occasionally we overlook something, but overall we think we’re doing a pretty good job of keeping you informed. Still, quite a bit happens every day – so to make sure you don’t miss anything, we offer you a recap of this week’s top 20 events & stories.

  • Video: Boy Who Was Tongue-Tied Speaks for First Time nyti.ms/2R7H0zk Little boy who suffered a brain aneurysm when he was a baby, was mostly nonverbal until his dentist noticed that he had an issue with his tongue and corrected it with a quick operation 2018-9-30
  • Top 3 Reasons Social Media is Good for Teens – bit.ly/2R9s5Vn 2018-9-30
  • Prevent Behavior Problems By Teaching Your Child About Feelings bit.ly/2R32Hk9 2018-9-29
  • I Was a Teenage Cutter — & This Is What Parents Need to Know: Confessions of a Former Cutter bit.ly/2NTAuOT 2018-9-29
  • The Best Ways to Get a Preschooler to Behave bit.ly/2N72c5v Behavioral problems and effective solutions for your 3, 4, and 5-year-olds 2018-9-29

PedSafe Child Health & Safety News Headline of the Week
New study released for Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week
74% of child restraint devices are misused!  bit.ly/2zpZN23

  • In Britain, Even Children Are Feeling the Effects of Austerity nyti.ms/2Oj2U45 2018-9-28
  • E.P.A. Places the Head of Its Office of Children’s Health, Dr. Ruth Etzel, a pediatrician and epidemiologist who has been a leader in children’s environmental health for 30 years, on Leave – no reason was given nyti.ms/2DAnkBx 2018-9-28
  • On Oct. 1, San Antonio becomes the first Texas city to raise tobacco buying age m.chron.com/business/local… 2018-9-28
  • 59% of US Teens Have Experienced Some Form of Cyberbullying | Pew Research Center pewrsr.ch/2Il1YXu 2018-9-28
  • In the latest issue of our Kids Who Care Newsletter, we’re sharing a story about a whole community who came together to give one last Christmas to a little boy who only has a couple of months to live.  getrevue.co/profile/pediat… 2018-9-28
  • Is Your Stress Harming Your Kids? Thurs Time Capsule 09/12 – bit.ly/2xVEJOP 2018-9-27
  • Talking to Teens about Suicide | Education Devpt Center bit.ly/2R1zDJS 2018-9-26
  • Bullied youth and teens who can get physical injuries, experience social and emotional distress, inflict self-harm and can even die (CDC). It increases risk of depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, lower academic achievement and dropping out of school. usat.ly/2QVhjBV 2018-9-26
  • 8 Ridiculous Excuses For Not Getting A Flu Shot bit.ly/2QUXZF1 2018-9-25
  • Did you know that executive functions precede both learning and academic achievement? We must improve students cognition and motor timing + rhythm for them to learn better bit.ly/KineticClass 2018-9-24
  • Parents face tougher rules to get immigrant children back bit.ly/2zq1Bbr 2018-9-24
  • This is Child Passenger Safety Week – Go get your car seat checked at one of Safe Kids’ Car Seat Checkup Events bit.ly/2NBW3U0 2018-9-24
  • Best Dental Hygiene For Your Child, From Baby to Teenager bit.ly/2zon6cI 2018-9-24
  • West Coast Hospitals Get $6M FDA Grant for Pediatric mHealth and telehealth Support bit.ly/2zpiTFv 2018-9-24

Child Health & Safety News 9/24: France’s School Smartphone Ban

Last updated on October 14th, 2018 at 08:24 pm

twitter thumbIn this week’s Child Health News: It’s Absolutely Not Safe To Let Your Baby Sleep In A Car Seat After the Ride is Over– Here’s Why bit.ly/2pmJVaX

Welcome 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 social media to communicate relevant and timely health and safety information to the parents, medical professionals and caregivers who follow us. Occasionally we overlook something, but overall we think we’re doing a pretty good job of keeping you informed. Still, quite a bit happens every day – so to make sure you don’t miss anything, we offer you a recap of this week’s top 15 events & stories.

  • International medical graduates embrace care of underserved U.S. kids bit.ly/2OKNliI 2018-9-23
  • How household cleaners could be impacting your child’s health bit.ly/2xDUkTc 2018-9-23
  • Trump admin moves $260M from cancer research, HIV/AIDS programs to cover custody of immigrant children costs cnn.it/2poX2Iv  2018-9-22
  • 10 things a pediatric oncologist wants you to know bit.ly/2PV0iqt 2018-9-21
  • 7 Ways to Curb Obnoxious Behavior Fast bit.ly/2prT6qu 2018-9-21

PedSafe Child Health & Safety News Headline of the Week
France Bans Smartphones in Schools Through 9th Grade. Will It Help Students? nyti.ms/2xFg6WO

  • Safe Kids 2018 Ultimate Car Seat Guide bit.ly/2xGXOqn  2018-9-21
  • Stop, Look & Paws: Fantastic New Innovation That Teaches Kids How to Be Safe Around Dogs bit.ly/2O0zTKl 2018-9-21
  • Excess Weight Gain or Loss During Pregnancy Tied to Child’s Heart Health – The New York Times ow.ly/wrA830lUv0a  2018-9-21
  • ‘Clear and present danger to child’: Pediatricians urge parents not to buy baby walkers on.today.com/2QKuiGt 2018-9-20
  • 5 Things Not to Say to Your Tween Daughter – Thurs Time Capsule – 09/11 bit.ly/2plSTF5 2018-9-20
  • The New, Improved World of Infant Care on.wsj.com/2pgZAsc high tech advances that are helping to avoid a range of illnesses by early detection and prevention 2018-9-18
  • New Guidance for Pediatricians for Care of Transgender Children, Teenagers wb.md/2xuWvbQ 2018-9-18
  • Few teens with chronic health problems have plans to take charge of their own care and transition to seeing doctors who treat adults https://reut.rs/2xM2IA5 2018-9-18
  • New Pediatric Online Community for Parents of Children with Kidney Disease https://prn.to/2O407fb  2018-9-17
  • How to Make Back to School Feel Safe? a Pediatrician Perspective bit.ly/2p8oYA6 2018-9-17
  • Reward Systems Can Motivate Kids to Change These Behaviors Fast bit.ly/2D2KFeR 2018-9-17

Child Health & Safety News 9/17: 8 Easy-To-Miss Car Seat Hazards

Last updated on September 27th, 2018 at 02:08 pm

twitter thumbIn this week’s Child Health News: Horrific New Playground ‘Stunt’  – Roundabout of Death – Left 11 Year Old Boy with Serious Head Injuries bit.ly/2Mx4IS3 

Welcome 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 social media to communicate relevant and timely health and safety information to the parents, medical professionals and caregivers who follow us. Occasionally we overlook something, but overall we think we’re doing a pretty good job of keeping you informed. Still, quite a bit happens every day – so to make sure you don’t miss anything, we offer you a recap of this week’s top 20 events & stories.

  • The Art and Science of Raising a Sensitive Boy (Without Crushing his Spirit) bit.ly/2pbcPuv 2018-9-16
  • This One Trick Can Save Parents $2,000 a Year On Day Care bit.ly/2D0BhbI parents – check on Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (DCFSA)2018-9-16
  • Virtual reality app could lessen anxiety for pediatric patients during MRI bit.ly/2CYpfzG 2018-9-16
  • Parents, take note: Kids, teen, college student mental health problems on the rise abcn.ws/2D0nr9d 2018-9-15
  • Brief psychotherapy benefits women caring for children with severe health issues bit.ly/2CZRsWG 2018-9-15

PedSafe Child Health & Safety News Headline of the Week
8 Easy-To-Miss Car Seat Hazards That a Child Safety Tech Wants You to Be Aware Of and Keep In Mind http://bit.ly/2pi3RM4 

  • This Girl Was Hospitalized After Getting Her Ears Pierced, & Parents Are Freaked bit.ly/2pd0plz 2018-9-15
  • When Parents Are In Jail, Their Kids’ Health Suffers bit.ly/2NJRCFT here’s a pilot program to change that 2018-9-15
  • How To Teach Kids Storytelling To Improve Their Friendships bit.ly/2xcJmnv 2018-9-14
  • The Problem With Parents and Social Media bit.ly/2x2dEKr 2018-9-13
  • But Mom, what if it’s not just a sprain? Thurs Time Capsule 09/11 bit.ly/2N7B1Mv 2018-9-13
  • There’s A Reason Babies Stop Crying When You Stand Up bit.ly/2x6TJt6 there is a science behind this 2018-9-12
  • How To Prepare When You Are Expecting Healthy Twins bit.ly/2OdOZJd 2018-9-12
  • EMS Providers Recall 9/11 bit.ly/2CNaXlj A day of remembrance and gratitude. We honor those who bravely gave their lives coming to rescue all who had fallen. 2018-9-11
  • Do your children know what you do? Eat dinner together and tell them. bit.ly/2xb6naz 2018-9-11
  • Parenting Tips for Raising Happy, Healthy Preschoolers bit.ly/2x1O2gB 2018-9-11
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Children 6 years and older should have at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Active play is the best exercise for younger children. Learn more here: ow.ly/4ic430lJpkC 2018-9-10
  • Social Media, Social Life: Teens Reveal Their Experiences (2018) | Common Sense Media bit.ly/2wZF6sa 2018-9-10
  • The nation’s ‘first safety-demonstration home’ will break ground in KC http://bit.ly/2pgGket 2018-9-10
  • How to Keep Kids From Getting Bit Helping with Dog Training bit.ly/2QfMYOq 2018-9-10