Sensory-friendly at Saline

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Did you know that the Saline District Library offers sensory friendly films for the whole family on the fi rst Sunday of each month?

Sensory friendly films are close to librarian Katie Mitchell’s heart. Her son Rhys, 11, has autism. She used to take him and her daughters, ages 10 and 8, to sensory friendly matinees at a nearby movie theater. Mitchell recalls it “was the first thing we could do as a whole family.” When the cinema stopped showing the films, Mitchell felt the library could host them. Before starting the movie, Mitchell polls the group and tailors the viewing to their needs. The lights may be left on, seating arranged in various confi gurations, or the closed-captioning feature activated. Mitchell notes she will even play the movie all the way through the credits because for some autistic children, like her son, the movie is not over until the credits have rolled.

“I want everyone there to be as comfortable as possible,” she says. “It’s okay to be yourself here. That’s the biggest gist.” Siblings appreciate the experience, too. Mitchell points out that they can relax and enjoy the movie without worrying about people watching their special needs brother or sister. “It’s so much fun,” says Mitchell. “It’s such a great group of people who come.” No registration is required and families can stay for as little or as long as they like. G-Force will be shown March 7 at 1:15 pm. The Saline District Library is located at 555 N. Maple Road.

For more information or the upcoming schedule, call 734-429-5450 or visit www.salinelibrary.org