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Warren Theatre in Moore offering movie screenings designed for children with autism

In these screenings, the theater does not completely darken, the volume of the movie isn't as loud and there are no advertisements beforehand.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: June 20, 2013 at 9:14 pm •  Published: June 20, 2013

Cindy Fogle remembers the day she left the Warren Theatre with tears of joy in her eyes.

Her family had gone to the theater to see the children's movie “The Croods.”

Her tears came after her 2-year-old son, Ethan, who has early signs of autism, was able to sit through his first movie. And this was the first time she, her husband and her children could do so as a family.

“Going to the movies is something you don't think twice about as an average person,” Fogle said. “But for someone with autism whose attention span isn't as long or whose ability to just do something as regular as go to a theater and sit and focus on a movie, it's so hard for him, on top of being 2.”

Crafting a solution

The Warren has started showing movies for children with autism or sensory disorders. People who go to these showings will notice the theater is not completely dark and the volume of the movie isn't as loud. Also, there aren't previews or advertisements.

And most important, the showing is kid friendly — talking, wiggling, standing and dancing are entirely acceptable behaviors for miniature moviegoers.

This month's movie will be “Monsters University” at 11 a.m. June 29. Ticket prices are $7 and go on sale Wednesday. Tickets will only be available at the theater's ticket office.

Autism is a group of developmental brain disorders, collectively called autism spectrum disorder. The term “spectrum” refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills and levels of impairment or disability that children on the spectrum might have.

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by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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