The Autism Society of Alabama recently hosted its first-ever Sensory Santa event at the Riverchase Galleria.
The event, which was dedicated to families with children and adults on the Autism spectrum, took place quietly. The Riverchase Galleria opened its doors two hours early for children and their families. Dim lighting and no music made for a relaxing environment for children who experience sensory issues.
“Some families reported that this was a first for their child to Visit Santa and for most, it was a time they did not have to worry about stares from strangers if a meltdown or anxiety occurred,” a press release sent by the organization said. This is one of several similar initiatives that the nonprofit is hosting around the state.
“Creating an atmosphere for our friends on the spectrum so they may visit with Santa was very much appreciated by the families, Bama Hager, PhD, program director, said. “We had such a great turnout and positive feedback that we will definitely host the event again next year.”
To learn of other Sensory Santa events in Alabama, visit www.autism-alabama.org/events/.