‘Quiet’ Santa Events a Coup for Kids with Autism
By JOANNA PRISCO | Good Morning America – 6 hours ago
Good Morning America – ‘Quiet’ Santa Events a Coup for Kids with Autism (ABC News)
The twinkling lights, booming carolers and long lines of kids waiting to sit on Santa’s knee are all part of an annual ritual for some mall-goers. But for children with autism, those same holiday staples can be overwhelming triggers for stress.
“Our son, Jackson, is severely affected by autism and is nonverbal with multiple other special needs,” said J-Jaye Hurley, who lives in Atlanta. “We had not been able to get a picture with Santa since he was 2.”
Fortunately, in the past few years, more and more shopping centers are beginning to offer alternative events for families who have children with special sensitivities, or needs. When Hurley learned of the Caring Santa program in…
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