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Special-needs students treated to sensory-friendly showing of ‘Hotel Transylvania’

High Road School Movie Night

In October 27, High Road School of Wright City hosted a free Halloween-themed Movie Night featuring a sensory-friendly showing of “Hotel Transylvania” for kids and their families at B&B Theaters in Wentzville. 

Aaron O’Neal, the school’s program director, said that 25 people, both students and family members, attended.

“We like to ensure there is more space for people to feel comfortable. Some of the patrons may want to get up, pace around the room, and switch seats.  The freedom of movement allows some attendees a level of comfort they typically don’t get at a traditional movie showing,” O’Neal said.

“During sensory-friendly movies, the lights are left on a little higher. This keeps the contrast of the bright colors on the screen from being so harsh. The movie volume is turned down a bit as well.”

High Road School is also planning to offer trainings about disability-specific interventions to behavior in the near future. These training sessions will be open to the public.   

The High Road School of Wright City is a private special education day facility that partners with local school districts to meet the needs of exceptional students. Faculty and staff help students who have additional behavioral needs, whether they have autism, emotional disturbance, ADHD, or other diagnoses. They aim to build confidence and competence through personalized academic and behavioral interventions. Students at the High Road School of Wright City learn how to learn and learn how to live.

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