As I have stated in earlier posts, we have learned to do a lot of things in our family in pairs. Zach and Brent do an activity while Sam and I do another activity. This, mostly because we want to respect Sam's needs and how he will handle certain situations. We have learned that there are some things that we won't try to do as a family because it would be too much for him and one of us would end up leaving with him.
However...family time is so important for us, that we have forced Sam to like a couple areas that the rest of us love, for the sake of doing it as a family. One thing we do "as family" is make sure we hit every family feature film as soon as it comes out. Sam has learned how to handle the previews. He covers his ears and then has me put my hands over his for extra support. The next time you go to the movies, check it out...the previews really are louder than the movie.
This past weekend we hit the theatres, with me convincing the men in my family that "The Last Mimzy" was a better choice than "TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)". Uggg, being the mother of boys. Well my charm won all three of my boys over, and I got my way (or did I?).
This is a warning to all parents of autistic little ones. "The Last Mimzy" is not autism friendly. Sam and I had to leave a little before halfway through. For our little ones that deal with a lot of sensory issues, this movie has them. There are lots of flashing lights, blue and white to be specific. Along with the flashing lights of Mimzy's gear comes a high pitched hum whenever the Mimzy stuff communicates (which is a lot). It was just too much for Sam. So, instead of just rating this movie PG, it should also be rated S.O. for sensory overload!
On a side note. I didn't want to leave. I had loved the movie up to that point, and it also received high reviews from Zach and Brent, so on a personal note, I would still recommend this movie (just not for our little ones who already have sensory issues).
A Twist of Faith
Sometimes we learn through trial and error. I don't believe that it is error in having Sam learn to enjoy the things we like as a family at times, as he is part of our family. God created us to be together as a family. Just as we are learning about his world, he too is always learning about ours. What was an error was us not really checking out the reviews for that type of setting.
Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.