For some children on the autism spectrum, going to a movie theater can be overwhelming. That's why AMC Theatres, in partnership with the Autism Society of America, created a program to bring sensory-friendly films to families affected by autism. The program originated in Maryland, when a parent of a child on the autism spectrum requested a special screening, and has grown to include locations nationwide, including here in Massachusetts. In participating auditoriums, the lights are turned up, the sound is turned down, and audience members are encouraged to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing! In January, you can find a sensory-friendly showing of "Monsters, Inc." at AMC Theatres in Braintree, Burlington, Framingham, Methuen and Tyngsboro. Please check with individual theaters to confirm title, time and prices, as these as subject to change. Sat., Jan. 5, 10 a.m. $4 - $6. All ages. www.amctheatres.com
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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.