Christmas is always a time when kids love to meet Santa and take pictures with them. But this doesn’t cut across all children. For example, children with autism don’t tend to enjoy this because there are just so many stimulants that are overwhelming – the colors, the texture, the noise. One mom of a child with autism shared her story of how she keeps contemplating if her child meeting Santa at the mall is worth the risk – the judgy eyes from onlookers if things get out of hand with her child.
Autism Strong Foundation
That’s the reason why she’s proud of the Autism Strong Foundation and their Sensory Santa timeslots. This is an initiative that helps create a safe and judgment-free space for children with autism to meet Santa without the fear of being misunderstood or judged. This sunday, for example, the children and their families were able to enjoy a private meet and greet with Santa in a peaceful environment without any loud noises or distractions. The event was not only limited to meeting Santa, as there were also snacks, hot chocolate, and crafts for the children and their siblings to enjoy. A professional photographer was present to capture these special moments, providing digital photos for the families to cherish forever.
The event was not only limited to meeting Santa, as there were also snacks, hot chocolate, and crafts for the children and their siblings to enjoy. A professional photographer was present to capture these special moments, providing digital photos for the families to cherish forever. Such initiatives have several importance to the Autism community. For one, they provide a safe space where autistic individuals can feel accepted, treated with respect, dignity, and included in typical activities. This helps promote a more inclusive society that values diversity and celebrates differences.
Apart from promoting inclusivity, events like this allow people to better understand autism, which can help reduce the negative stigma surrounding it. It also allows for fundraising events, which can be channeled to proper resources and services for autistic individuals. For families with loved ones with autism, considering traveling can be quite tricky. However, searching for airfare rates individually, even as a group can be beneficial in finding cheaper tickets. Also, ensure they stay updated on the latest events and deals for special needs travelers, as there may be discounts or offers available.
As for hotel accommodations, searching for hotels that are less crowded can make a huge difference. Ensure to call ahead and inform the hotel about any specific needs or accommodations for your loved one with autism. Alternatively, booking websites can also provide options for the specific hotels. Compare different hotel options and check for reviews from other travelers who have stayed at the same hotel, especially those with special needs.
Quality Treatment Option
Families who are searching for appropriate treatment for their loved ones with autism can now count on Nevada Autism ABA. Our center offers specialized therapy, including ABA, to improve behavior and communication skills.
With our team of experienced therapists and personalized treatment plans, we strive to make a positive impact in the lives of Autistic loved ones.