iPods Help Kids with Asperger’s Syndrome

Minneapolis has a center that is experimenting with iPods and using them to assist kids with Asperger’s syndrome, bringing hope to both the kids and their parents.

One of the features of persons who have Asperger’s syndrome is a struggle with social skills, one’s that seem to come naturally to others. At the center, Sue Pederson is aware of some teenage boys who have trouble with making conversation; they might not know what to talk about, or having started talking, they do not know when to stop.

Sue, a psychologist, and her colleagues at the Fraser Child & Family Center in Minneapolis found a new way to reach students. That way was through the use of iPods that play music and videos in order to teach them how to interact. The iPods may have begun as a form of entertainment, but Sue says the technology turned into an unexpected plus for children and teenagers with special needs. iPods can be packed with the forms of information that these kids need to get through their day. Even though the center is still experimenting with the use of iPods in this way, Sue says, “I think it’s going to spread like wildfire.” Continue reading "iPods Help Kids with Asperger’s Syndrome"

Sensory Friendly Movie: AMC Entertainment & Autism Society

Rise of the Guardians

December 9, 2012 (10:00AM – 12:00PM)

AMC Entertainment and the Autism Society of America have teamed up to bring families affected by autism a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis.

With Sensory Friendly Films, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down.

The “Silence is Golden” rule will not be enforced. People can talk, stim, jump, sing, do anything that they need to. It is designed to be a friendly supportive atmosphere.

There will be no previews or ads. Arrive on time. The movie will start at 10.

There will be a quiet theater available that has no movie running. If someone would like a break they can go to that nearby theater to unwind.

You can bring in your own food.

Enjoy the movie!
Patti Erickson
Greater Philadelphia Chapter
Autism Society of America

Visit  Autism Society website for updated movie schedule.

New Locations Added:

24 AMC Painters Crossing 9
112 Wilmington Pike
West Chester, PA 19382

AMC Franklin Mills 14
1149 FranklinMills Circle
Philadelphia, PA 19154

AMC Neshaminy 24
3900 Rockhill Dr.
Bensalem, PA 19020

AMC Tilghman Square 8
4608 Broadway
Allentown, PA 18104

AMC Cherry Hill
2121 Route 38
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

AMC Hamilton
325 Sloan Avenue
Hamilton, NJ 08619