Sensitive Santa another success
For the second straight year, Santa Claus made a special visit to share some time with a special group of children who have not experienced a visit with Santa because of the overwhelming nature of the experience.
Dec. 9 was a magical evening for 14 children who participated in the second annual Sensitive Santa visit at the Swift Current Mall. To avoid the sensory problems some of the children experience with light, sights, smells and sounds, the mall lights were dimmed, the holiday music was turned off, and a Santa without aftershave was in attendance to visit the children.
The evening provided an opportunity for a oneon-one visit, and for some of the children with Autism Spectrum Disorders it was their very first visit with Santa.
The event was again coordinated by Arden Fiala, the Saskatchewan Director and Vice Presi- dent of the Autism Society Canada.
As the President of SaskFEAT (Saskatchewan Families For Effective Autism Treatment), Fiala is hoping to bring a similar Santa event to other communities, and asks interested parents to contact her via the SaskFEAT Facebook page or by email at saskfeatsasktel.net.
Swift Current's third annual Sensitive Santa Visit has already been confirmed for Dec. 8, 2015.