Columnist Jo Worgan: Tom enjoys cinema trip

Guardian columnist Jo Worgan
Guardian columnist Jo Worgan

This past week has been relatively uneventful. Tom still has his wobbly tooth; I really can’t believe that it hasn’t fallen out yet.

We had a quiet weekend really, I do find that Tom is especially tired on a Saturday; he leaves home every morning at 7.40 am, returning at 4pm so it is a long day and week for him. Therefore we do tend to just have a quiet house day on a Saturday. On Sunday however we did venture out and I took Tom to the cinema to watch ‘Smurfs 2’ and I have to say that it was a huge success.It was an Autism Friendly Screening, which they hold once a month, it is always the last Sunday in the month with the film showing at 10am. The Autism Friendly Screenings are organised by the charity Dimensions and it is a nationwide event with many cinema chains participating.

The cinema was not crowded at all and Tom waited patiently for his drink and popcorn. We have been many times before so this was all familiar to him. However the Vue website does have a visual story about visiting the cinema which you can watch online and print off, such a fantastic resource. The screening is autism friendly as you can choose where to sit, dim lights are left on throughout the screening and the noise levels are reduced. There is also a member of staff in the auditorium if you need assistance.

Well Tom was just so happy to sit and watch the film while munching on his popcorn, he are all of it! As usual we did not watch the entire film, we left after 70 minutes with Tom asking, ‘we go to the car shop now?’ Tom though was happy and comfortable while there and that is all that matters. He had an enjoyable experience. He loved the film and especially the ‘naughty Smurfs’

This weekend will also be lots of fun as it is Stephen’s 7th birthday. So I am going to do a little tea party at home on Saturday for the boys and then we are at a soft play centre on Sunday to celebrate with all of his friends.

I am really looking forward to the weekend and I know that I will have a very happy Stephen on Saturday morning as I finally managed to buy him a green Lightsabre. He has kindly given Tom his blue one. I will tell you all about it next week.