Oak Park Theater offers sensory films


MINOT, ND (KXNET) – A local movie theater has partnered with an organization that focuses on autism, behavioral medicine and addiction, to make movies more relaxing for the whole family.

A sensory film will be offered to the public at the Oak Park Theater in Minot by Fountain Behavioral Services.

A sensory film provides a comfortable environment for the whole family.

The lights are on, the sounds are turned down, and the kids are free to roam around the movie theater.

“It’s a place where, you know families with, you know kids who maybe have special needs, or where it’s too loud, can come and watch. It’s also a place where families with young children can come and have fun,” said Clinical Director of Behavioral Services at Fountain Elise Felicio.

Sensory movies are also a good way to introduce your child to a movie set.

Organizers say the sensory film environment not only helps children but also parents.

“Kids can run around and it’s fair, you can be more relaxed and there’s no expectation of having to be quiet and sit still,” Felicio added.

Felicio says that organizing events like this and raising awareness of sensory films is easier in a city like Minot.

Fountain Behavioral Services plans to do a sensory movie night at least once a month.

“It’s just something the community wanted and we’re happy to bring it back because it happened years ago but, you know, with COVID it kind of stopped,” Felicio said. .

Fountain Behavioral Services being new to the area, they plan a variety of events throughout the year around Minot.

Since coming to town, Fountain Behavioral Services has also partnered with a master cosmetologist to provide haircuts to people with special needs.

For more information, visit Fountain Behavioral Services Facebook.


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