Quincy and I are happy to announce that Sensitive Santa will once again make a stop in Kelowna this year! Sensitive Santa visit is a private one-on-one meet and greet moment for children who have sensory sensitivities to have memories that can be cherished forever. This initiative is possible with the continuous support of the Orchard Park Mall and Autism Okanagan for families living with a loved one on the Autism spectrum to meet Santa in a sensory-friendly environment.
The idea of creating Sensitive Santa came up to Quincy and I after seeing our son Paxton who has autism, found it difficult to enjoy a visit with Santa amidst large, loud crowds and bright lights at the local mall. We realized organizing an event like this would not only benefit our son but also all families living with a child who has sensory sensitivities. With the immense support of the Orchard Park Mall and Autism Okanagan, we are now able to control the environment and make it possible where children can meet Santa in an atmosphere where they feel comfortable and relaxed.
The event ensures:
- After hours-in order to prevent large crowds
- Appointment-only visits – A private 5-minute session for each family so no waiting time!
- Turn off the music and dim the lights – To enhance the sensory-sensitive environment
Autism Spectrum Disorder (known as ASD) is a range of conditions. They are characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech, and nonverbal communication. In Canada, 1 in 68 children are currently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This makes Autism the fastest-growing and most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in Canada.
2020 was a tough year for all of us. With the pandemic, we had to sadly cancel our 2020 Sensitive Santa visit due to safety measures. This year we are optimistic and look forward to embracing the magic of Christmas with COVID-19 protocols taken into consideration.
Sensitive Santa 2021
Sensitive Santa will visit Orchard Park mall on the 5th and 12th of December from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The visits are by appointment only through prior registration. To reserve your spot visit https://sensitivesantaokanagan.ca/register/ today!