Event Highlight

Sensory Friendly Photo Session with Santa

A trip to a shopping mall to visit with Santa is a Christmas tradition for many families. Children eagerly share their Christmas lists with the jolly man in the red suit, and parents cherish the Santa photographs which help to preserve a happy memory for years to come. However, visiting Santa at a noisy, crowded mall with bright colors, blaring holiday music and a long wait in line can be overwhelming for children with special needs, especially those with sensory issues who are sensitive to excessive stimuli. That’s why AARF launched their Sensory-Friendly Photo Session with Santa program for the special needs patients at AARC. This event provides a chance for these precious children to have a true holiday experience like that of their peers. We provide a calm and quiet space with dimmed down lights and no loud music or holiday crowds with a Santa who understands special needs children. There are no long lines to endure while waiting for Santa as all of our meeting times are scheduled by reservations in advance. By accommodating their needs, we give families an opportunity to get out, have some holiday fun and create treasured memories.