Southern Indiana mall hosts sensory-friendly 'Santa Cares' event

Southern Indiana mall hosts sensory-friendly 'Santa Cares' event

She said they're hosting the event earlier in the holiday season to avoid most of the hubbub around Christmas. But, for children with Autism, it can be more frustrating than merry.

Northlake Mall partnered with Autism Speaks for the event. The "Santa Cares" organization travels across the country to provide a sensory-friendly experience for children with all spectrums of special needs.

"I have families who say this is a tradition for their family or we would never be able to have our children see Santa so it's our way at the Institute to give back to the Erie community", said Dr. Barber-Carey.

"It could mean just not being able to cope at all - lots of screaming and yelling and not being physically able to be in that environment".

This was the second year that the Belisles have attended Silent Santa.

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"I can't tell you how many people have said, 'Our child has never had a chance to see Santa, and this is the ideal opportunity, '" Siegel said.

For Carlton Clark and his family, Sunday's visit was a first.

Santa Claus brings happiness to all around the world, and it's important to him that every child gets a chance to share their wishes.

Londonderry Mall is hosting other Silent Santa events on December 9 and 16.

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