The Movies and ADHD
Going to the movies with a child living with ADHD?
We all know how challenging and fun that can be! Some of us may find it so difficult that we may not even attempt it.
Recently I took my son to the movies with a friend and her children and something changed for me.
You see my son, doesn’t keep still! One of those wonderful things that ADHD brings, which is movement ALL the time. He cannot sit through an entire movie at home or out without moving about 50 times!
Movies can sometimes be a nightmare! They usually end with him having to walk up and down the stairs or sitting on the stairs with me constantly telling him to sit down, be quiet and feeling like someone is seriously gone to yell at me any second.
I have found a solution, and one that I am scared to tell you given I may lose my spot for the future (LOL).
On my trip to the movies with my friend we sat on the side of the theatre behind the barrier. We did this to keep the kids under control as they couldn’t get out. However we ended up moving to the next row as the kids didn’t like being there, but my son stayed there.
He loved it! He could stand up and walk back and forth as much as he wanted without annoying anyone or having me constantly tell him to sit down.
He could sit when he wanted to and then get up and walk around when he wanted to.
Obviously I will only do this if there is no-one sitting behind me as it may annoy them.
Seeing over the barrier isn’t a great experience but for me the experience of not having to tell him to keep still for the majority of the movie is good enough for me. At least if we can enjoy the movie together then I am happy.
So to make seeing a movie a less stressful experience, here are my tips:
1.If you have a special needs movie screening in your area (I don’t locally and honestly I am too lazy to drive any further than my local to attend these) then give one a go and see if they work for you. I think they may be great.
2.Book ahead. Now I am one of these people that absolutely detests paying booking fees for booking online, but to ensure that you get the seat that you need this is imperative. It also reduces the waiting time when you arrive at the movies to get your tickets and into the theatre.
3.Sit on the end of the seats at the entry so your child can’t get out. Let them walk about or jump about as long as you think it isn’t going to annoy anyone that may be behind you.
4.If you child is a littlie then take a cushion to sit on if you can so they are comfortable to see over the barrier. I have asked my son if he wants one but he is happy to sit in a way that makes him a little higher.
5.Enjoy! Make this experience fun so you can do it more often.
Let me know how your next movie experience goes. With the school holidays now in place, I assume a movie trip may be on a lot of to do list.
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