US malls are opening early so that kids with autism can enjoy their Santa time in a calm environment
As Christmas is approaching, malls across the US are getting heavily crowded with families and children wanting to meet Santa. While the holiday season is all about spreading love and cheer, the loud sounds and bright lights can get a bit overwhelming for kids with autism.
That’s why two organizations have teamed up to create a soothing environment for visiting Santa.
The nonprofit Autism Speaks and Cherry Hill Programs are holding “Santa Cares” days in malls all across the country. The malls will open early for these events so it will be less overwhelming. The lights won’t be as bright and the music will also be lowered, allowing children to visit Santa in a calm setting.