Gallatin theater offers sensor-friendly movies for kids with autism

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GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – A theater  in Gallatin has tweaked the way it shows movies so kids with autism can enjoy the show.

NGC Gallatin Cinema offers sensor-friendly movies for children who have special needs.

The lights are up and the sound is not as loud as it would be during a typical film.

Babs Tierno, the executive director for Autism Tennessee, knows first hand how much families will appreciate this. Her son Carmen has autism.

“Its really accommodating so that when they turn the sound down and the lights up so that families like ours can come out and be part of the community and do things we don’t normally get to do,” she said.

The sensory-friendly movies are not just for those with autism.

“Then there’s other families who its not developmentally appropriate for a young child to sit for 90 minutes, so it’s just typically developing children who also benefit from this,” explained Tierno.

She continued, “The judgement here is at a minimum. You can do anything you want in there, you can be as loud as you want to be and everyone in the room is going to understand and so that accommodation, that understanding, the compassion, is really important.”

The next sensory-friendly showing will be “Life of Pets” on July 9.

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