Silent Santa provides a temperate environment for children with autism to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus – Saskatoon | The Canadian News

The children had the opportunity to visit Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus in a more personal and welcoming environment for the holiday season before Christmas at Midtown Plaza in Saskatoon.

Silent Santa is a special event that allows children who are sensory and require an individual experience with the cheerful Saint Nick and Mrs. Claus.

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Held before the stores opened, with fewer crowds, lights and sounds, the children interacted with Santa Claus by the fireplace on a large red sofa and took a picture with him.

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Autism Services spokesman Alex Scott says the event is crucial for children with autism.

“We hope to raise awareness each year with these types of events. We look forward to providing an inclusive environment where all of these children can thrive and have these opportunities, ”said Scott.

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A spokesperson for the event says anyone with children knows that Santa’s visits can be hectic and overwhelming, especially for those with special sensitivities. Midtown welcomed the Silent Santa program once again this year, with the goal of making this beloved holiday tradition accessible to all by offering tours by appointment only.

This special event is an emotional experience for families who have had to give up this experience in the past due to the difficulties surrounding regular visits from Santa.

About two dozen families passed through here this year.

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