Malls Introduce ‘Low-Sensory’ Santa Visits for Kids with Autism

The visits include dimmed lighting and soft music, and typically occur before the malls open

Because loud sounds and bright lights can be overwhelming for children with autism, who often have sensory disabilities, two organizations have teamed up to create a more soothing environment for visiting Santa.

The nonprofit Autism Speaks, along with Cherry Hill Programs, are holding "Santa Cares" days in malls across the country. Malls will open early for these events, so it will be less busy and overwhelming. The lights will be dimmed and the music will be lowered, allowing children to visit Santa in a calmer setting.

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