Local mall offers "Sensory Santa" event for children with Autism

05 December, 2017, 02:31 | Author: Colin Gill
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That's why CherryVale Mall hosted a special sensory-friendly Santa event that allows kids like Evan to experience the magic of meeting Santa Claus without the busyness and stress.

Almost 30 families experienced the Christmas tradition of meeting Santa Claus, something that wouldn't be possible without the separate, special time.

While it appears the Caring Santa events in Houston wrapped for the season, other locations across Texas and the country still have availability.

Santa and his helpers gave access to his Wonderland for the families who signed up, before the mall opened. They dimmed the lights and turned the music off to make sure every child was comfortable for their appointment. It is a low sensory experience for children with autism with other special disabilities.

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Breanne Hartfield, a parent, says she found out about the event through Facebook and couldn't pass up the opportunity. Especially for those families who have children with special needs.

The Avila's are among 30 families who reserved a special visit to Santa's Wonderland at Grapevine Mills for an event called Caring Santa. "This was just a good way to bring him and also the siblings in", Breanne said. She says the first time the large crowds and long lines were too much for Jaden.

"It's very important", said Santa "I mean, that's what Christmas is all about".

"It's awesome. There are so many opportunities out there that we are just not able to do, so knowing we can come here each year, it's just definitely a blessing", said parent Kristy Miller.

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