Sen­si­tive Santa another suc­cess

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

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.

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