FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The Autism Society of Alaska hosted an event aimed at taking the stress out of telling the man in red all about their Christmas wishes
The fourth annual ‘Sensory Santa’ allowed kids who may have sensory processing difficulties to sit and tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas, while in a calm environment.
Executive Director of the Autism Society of Alaska, Danielle Tessen, said the first year, the group only had around 15 families attend; but now, four years later, she estimated turnout at around 100.
Danielle Tessen; Exec. Dir., Autism Society of Alaska >> “This event is really important because it is kind of a come as you are, we have an area in which kids can play, run around the lights are dim. We are just aware of all of those sensory overloads, so there is not that pressure of stand in the line, be quiet, and don’t touch anything. We want you to come, roll around on the floor, touch everything and be as loud as you want. Just come and enjoy that Christmas tradition that might be a little difficult in a different setting.”
If you would like to volunteer with the Autism Society of Alaska, you can find more information on their website at ‘asagoldenheart.org’.