Lucca and his siblings had the memorable experience of meeting Santa Claus at the Eaten Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Thanks to Autism Speaks Canada Sensitive Santa program, the four brothers – two with autism – had a private, sensory-friendly Santa visit.
Their parents booked the visit in advance, and for the first time the whole family experienced a pleasant trip to the mall – no waiting in long lines, no kids getting impatient, no bells or loud noises, no photography, and no meltdowns.
A visit with Santa can be an overwhelming experience for individuals with autism, and it can be challenging for parents if they have more than one child. The Sensitive Santa experience removes these barriers so that all kids and families can enjoy meeting Santa Claus.