Westfield launches a & # 39; sensitive Santa Claus & # 39; for children with autism that offer a peaceful and relaxing environment for photos with Santa Claus
- Christmas Wonderland allows parents to relax while children interact with Santa Claus
- & # 39; Sensitive Santa & # 39; was launched by Westfield to provide for children with autism
- Parents must book a session, but do not have to wait in a queue
Westfield Shopping Center is going to be a & # 39; sensitive Santa Claus & # 39; introduce for children with autism.
Children with sensory problems can have their photo taken with Santa in a relaxed environment without crowds before the rest of the mall is open.
The lights inside are dimmed and there will be less noise to prevent children from being overwhelmed by the experience.
Westfield has a & # 39; Sensitive Santa & # 39; launched for children with autism (photo: Santa at Westfield)
In the Christmas wonderland, parents can relax while their children ask Santa Claus for presents and have their photo taken (photo: children with Santa Claus)
Parents of autistic children say that it can be stressful to let their children participate in the Christmas tradition of taking a picture with Santa Claus.
Sandy and Richard Golder's eight-year-old daughter, Imogen, is autistic and has ADHD and anxiety.
The Golders said they had given up having Imogen take a picture with Santa in a mall, given the difficulties she was having.
& # 39; I love Santa & # 39; s photos, but my husband said: & # 39; No, too stressful, we won't do it again & # 39; but I feel bad because she's missing, & # 39; Mrs. Golder said Daily telegram.
& # 39; By the time we were in front, Imogen was panicking and trying to rush us in and she didn't want to sit in the chair. & # 39;
Autism is a persistent developmental disorder that causes problems in social interaction, limited or repetitive behavioral patterns, and reduced communication skills.
Children with autism can find lighting, crowded and noisy places stressful because it affects their senses, making it a challenge to make ends meet.
Tasha Alach from Autism Association of Western Australia said Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is one of the biggest challenges for children with autism.
& # 39; Often one of the biggest challenges for people with autism is the loud, unexpected noises and bright lights, so being able to come to the mall early in the morning and eliminate all those noises is a very positive opportunity, & # 39; she told the ABC.
& # 39; There is still a lot of stigma associated with the behavior the children show when they are in the mall, so that families are really not ashamed, but feel uncomfortable and don't want to come back.
& # 39; So we are able to build their confidence and create a community, an environment where they can feel supported and safe.
Westfield launched & # 39; Sensitive Santa & # 39; tailored for children with sensory challenges to have their photo taken in a relaxed environment (Photo: Children with Santa)
Sensory processing disorder
- A complex neurological disorder that affects functional skills
- Causes the misinterpretation of everyday sensory information, such as touch, sound, and movement
- Individuals can look up sensory experiences or avoid certain experiences
- Experience their world as hypersensitive (about reactive, sensory avoidance) or hypersensitive (under reactive, sensory search)
Source: SPD Australia
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