Santa to pay special sensory-friendly visit to San Rafael

September 30, 2017 by  

While children with autism and sensory processing disorders may love seeing Santa, the crowds, noise, and other stimulation can sometimes prove to be overwhelming, which is why a special visit with St. Nick has been planned for San Rafael with them in mind.

The children who come to the Sensitive Santa celebration will be able to spend time with the jolly soul in person without having to wait in a long line or deal with crowds of noisy people. The environment will be calming and quiet, and the Marin County Humane Society will have therapy dogs on site that have been specially trained to work with children.

The whole family is welcome to attend the event, and each will be able to book their own time slot that will be set aside just for them. Both before and after their visit, kids can have fun in the sensory playground or just relax in a quiet room. Festive holiday cards can be prepared by a local printer to invite the children whose parents have registered them for an event like this.

The event is being offered free of charge, but those who are able to make a $20 donation will have their name entered into a raffle for an assortment of prizes, including a stay in A Donner Lake House, which has been donated by Peoples Home Equity. The proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center.

December 9 has been selected as the date for the occasion, which will be held in All Children Academics. More details have been provided on the organizer’s website.