SENSORY FRIENDLY SANTA VISITS

 2018 SENSORY FRIENDLY SANTA VISITS

 

A series of special events across the country will offer calmer environments for children with disabilities to enjoy some one-on-one time with Santa Claus.

 

Sensory Santa

 

“ Caring Santa”, “Santa Cares”, and “Sensory Santa*” are coming to a mall near at participating malls!  Over 400 malls and other shopping destinations from Maryland to Hawaii will host sensory-friendly experiences with Santa, most of which will be held Dec. 2 or Dec. 9.

 

Children with special needs and their families will have an opportunity to participate in the time-honored holiday tradition.  A private photo session with Santa in an environment set up to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children with ALL abilities.

 

The malls will make some minor modifications to create a relaxing atmosphere the morning of Caring Santa, and the result of that will be a magical experience for families.  Some will walk away with their first-ever holiday photo of their child with Santa. Until now, visiting with Santa really wasn’t a reality for families of children with special needs.

 

Sensory Santa

 

WHAT MAKES SENSORY SANTA WORK

Participating Santas have been trained to take cues from parents and caregivers in order to meet each child’s individual needs, organizers say. Some are even knowledgeable in American Sign Language.

 

“Most of all, Santa remains flexible, kneeling next to a wheelchair, standing behind his chair to capture the photo or simply allowing extra time for each visitor to experience a time-honored holiday tradition,” said Ruth Rosenquist of Cherry Hill Programs, which is organizing the events along with Autism Speaks.

 

Sensory Santa

 

Unlike most Santa experiences, families are asked to reserve a time slot in advance for the special sensory-friendly events. Then, each child will be called up individually in order to avoid waiting in line. Quiet activities will be available to entertain kids while they wait.

 

The events are open to anyone with special needs and families can sign up online to participate.

 

Georgia

(Locations not listed in alphabetical order)

 

Arbor Place

Douglasville, GA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 9th

 

Valdosta Mall

Valdosta, GA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 2nd

 

Southlake Mall

Morrow, GA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 9th

 

Atlantic Station

Atlanta, GA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 9th

 

Lenox Square

Atlanta, GA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 2nd

 

Mall of Georgia

Buford, GA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 2nd

 

North Georgia Premium Outlets

Dawsonville, GA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 2nd

 

Sugarloaf Mills

Lawrenceville, GA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 2nd

 

Town Center at Cobb

Kennesaw, GA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – November 18th

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 2nd

 

Massachusetts

(Locations not listed in alphabetical order)

 

Dartmouth Mall- Sold Out 

Dartmouth, MA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 2nd

 

Hanover Mall

Hanover, MA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 2nd

 

Hampshire Mall

Hadley, MA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 2nd

 

Holyoke Mall at Ingleside

Holyoke, MA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 9th

 

Kingston Collection

Kingston, MA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 2nd

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 9th

 

Auburn Mall

Auburn, MA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 2nd

 

Burlington Mall

Burlington, MA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 2nd

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 9th

 

Cape Cod Mall

Hyannis, MA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 2nd

 

Emerald Square

North Attleboro, MA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 2nd

 

Northshore Mall

Peabody, MA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 2nd

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 9th

 

Solomon Pond Mall

Marlborough, MA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 2nd

 

South Shore Plaza- 

Braintree, MA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 2nd

 

Square One Mall

Saugus, MA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 2nd

 

The Mall at Chestnut Hill

Chesnut Hill, MA

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot – December 2nd

 

For more locations and states, please visit Autism Speaks at autismspeaks.org and search for “Santa”

 

Sensory Santa


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Stephanie is the owner and author of The Autism Diva - a blog that focuses on Travel, Lifestyle, Family and Autism. The Autism Diva is listed among Top Disney Blogs, Top Mommy Bloggers, Ultimate Bloggers List and was a 2018 WEGO Health Nominee for BEST KEPT SECRET. Stephanie values family first and enjoys travel, food, and wine. Her family currently lives outside Boston, MA with ties in Atlanta, GA.

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