A calm visit with Santa for kids with autism

The Pama Foundation is organizing a fun day for kids with a bake sale, treats, and bouncy castles

Getting a picture taken with Santa Claus can be an exciting event for many children.

However some children are sensitive to the noise from loud crowds, and the lineups and chaos generated by this yuletide affair. As part of their mandate to assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the Pama Foundation will be hosting a stress-free, sensory-serene picture session with Santa Claus, in a space that will be sectioned off with sound-proof curtains. Pama Claus Day will take place on Nov. 23, 2019. The cost is $10 and parents should register online in advance.

Children will be able to wait in a calm area where toys and other activities will be provided to keep them entertained while they wait for their turn with Santa.

“The photographer … understands that this needs to be quick and that there’s no circus of pose and lighting,” said Pama Foundation founder and behaviour therapist, Stefania Dei Tigli. “Just very quick, quiet and calm.”

The foundation is also giving away toys specially made for children with autism spectrum disorders. In order to receive a toy, parents must sign up on the organization’s website before Nov. 9, 2019. Though the event caters to little ones with autism spectrum disorders, it is open to all children. There will also be a bake sale, a raffle and activities such as face painting, a balloon artist and bouncy castles.

The event will take place at Casa D’Italia (505 Jean Talon E. – but entrance is on Berri St.) from 2 to 5 p.m.

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