It's a busy time of year with long lines to see Santa, but that alone can be an overwhelming experience for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder. That's why there was a tailor made morning just for them to enjoy that magical moment.
On Sunday morning, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families, got to meet Santa in a safe and sensory-friendly environment. It was a free event that took place at the Fairlane Town Center in Dearborn from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. before the mall opened. It was hosted by Centria Autism Services.
Jessica Blanchard brought her 4 year-old daughter to the event. She says going to the mall during regular hours with the big crowds and long lines isn't an option.
Blanchard said her daughter "was very happy .. she hugged Santa probably 30 times."
At the event, Santa made sure to avoid loud noises and sudden movements. The winter wonderland was also adjusted so there was no loud music or flashing lights.