Before your holly jolly is turned into something grinchy, take a breath.
No, this isn’t a service for rich children or for rich parents who want more out of a mall santa for their kids. This is a story about a wonderful, bearded mall Santa, and his commitment to making the holidays more accessible.
Cadillac Fairview has teamed up with Autism Speaks Canada to create the ‘Sensitive Santa’ program for children who suffer from autism. The goal is to give children with the neurodevelopmental disorder a friendly, less-chaotic environment to have a conversation with jolly old Saint Nick at the Eaton Centre.
Autism creates social deficits that make common interactions challenging–those suffering often lack intuition about others and are left feeling different in a room of those who aren’t autistic. So, it makes sense that screaming children, crying babies, some teenagers dressed as elves, never-ending lines and a mall Santa in a cloying gingerbread house aren’t going to make for a positive experience. That’s why privacy measures are being taken, and children are already benefiting.
But don’t delay, because spaces are limited. You can set up a very special Christmas appointment today!