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After seeing the movie (several times), I feel there is value in it. The emotion characters display great visuals of facial expression, body language, and tone of voice. Recognizing the role of "sadness" as helpful validates the idea that all emotions are necessary and no one emotion should rule over everything. There are deep lessons about how growing up also means letting go of childish things, even if it hurts a little (or a lot).
We spent last week going over hidden rules of the movie experience covering everything from standing in lines, concessions, choosing seats, watching quietly, being mindful of others, and exiting the movie theater. This week I am meeting the groups at the theater to apply all that was discussed last week. I have told parents that they are welcome to attend with siblings but asked them to sit apart from the group. My reasoning for this is that group dynamics differ from family dynamics. Having a parent sit with them would likely influence behaviors externally versus intrinsic or self-controlled behaviors. The goal is that one day, when they are old enough, they will go to the movies with their friends and know how to behave appropriately. We have also discussed peer pressure; if your friends are misbehaving that does not mean you need to misbehave also.
The next couple of weeks, we will delve into the movie details. First I will check for comprehension. I have found that many children with social disorders fail to follow the story line and the rationale for the various experiences. I have had them tell me fractured details of a movie or story with no idea how those events fit together to form the plot. Next we will discuss the various emotions and their characteristics. We will discuss the importance of the various emotions. We will validate the benefits of feeling sad, angry, fearful, etc. But we will also stress the importance of not camping out or getting stuck in those feelings. It should be interesting!