TIME FOR GIVING: A special Santa Claus will visit Orion Shopping Centre this month.
TIME FOR GIVING: A special Santa Claus will visit Orion Shopping Centre this month. Choreograph

Kids with special needs have chance to meet Sensory Santa

FAMILIES with children who have special needs will have the opportunity to meet and have their photograph taken with the jolly man in the red suit when a Sensory Santa appears at Orion Springfield Central.

The Sensory Santa visit is designed for children with sensory disorders, such as autism, to meet with Santa in a quieter and calmer environment. Families can book their preferred time, which means no queuing, and the setting is quiet. Children are given time to feel comfortable in the new surrounds and with a specially trained Santa and helpers.

The Sensory Santa experience has been created through a partnership between Orion Springfield Central and Chanelle Avison, who runs Sensory Movie Day, a not-for-profit organisation for families with special needs children.

Ms Avison said Sensory Santa would allow more families to experience the joy of Christmas.

"The event is so wonderful because it provides these families with the opportunity to enjoy the one Christmas experience that is otherwise impossible," she said.

"Because of their child's sensory needs, many of these families have never been able to have a family Santa photo."

Santa will arrive at the centre this Thursday, but will be holding his sensory visits from 8-10am from November 22-29.

For bookings or to learn more, email sensorymovie day@hotmail.com or phone Chanelle Avison on 0422 416 509.



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