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Sensory friendly time with Santa

Autism Society of Alaska hosts alternative to the overwhelming experience of sitting on Santa's lap Special needs kids get to meet Santa at Bay Park Square Mall
Kenny Thornton | 04 December, 2017, 08:38

This is the second year Autism Edmonton has put on Silent Santa. But, for children with Autism, it can be more frustrating than merry.

Jaclyn Johnston, marketing manager of the County Fair Mall, says they brought the event to P.E.I. after trying it out a year ago at another Strathallen-owned mall in Truro, N.S. "It's important that all children, no matter if they have special needs or not, be able to see Santa over the holidays".

"I have families who say this is a tradition for their family or we would never be able to have our children see Santa so it's our way at the Institute to give back to the Erie community", said Dr. Barber-Carey. The mall opened several hours early to avoid the crowds and parents were asked to register in advance to avoid long lines.

This was the second year that the Belisles have attended Silent Santa. But for some, the experience can be overwhelming, so Santa got some help Sunday at the Rushmore Mall in Rapid City.

Mixed Sales Bag for "Big 3" in November
There were 171,345 Cruzes sold as of November 30, down slightly from 171,552 in the same 11 months in 2016. Sales of the recently revamped Impreza sedan more than tripled, offsetting declines for the Outback SUV.

"To keep him settled is the main thing, and [with] this we could get in and waited, like, two minutes or so.it was great, " he added.

"Families are so happy that they're here, because they can go see Santa, and it's sensory-friendly, so the lights are dim and the music is off as well", Kiara Peterson said.

The event will be going on next Sunday, Dec. 10th from 9-11 a.m.

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