Fort Myers, FL, December 21, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Students with autism experience “Sensitive Santa.”
Edison Mall Hosted “Sensitive Santa” Holiday Photo Event for Children with Disabilities
A trip to the mall to see Santa is a special event for families, but the holiday hustle and bustle can be overwhelming for kids with autism. That’s why Noerr Programs at Edison Mall in Fort Myers opened The Santa Photo Experience early on Wednesday, December 14, so children from Eden School could enjoy some low-key “sensitive Santa” time.
“A lot of children with autism aren’t able to have the experience of visiting Santa,” said Cari Pusateri, Education Coordinator for Eden School in Fort Myers. “The lines, the noise and crowds can be too much for them to handle. This event allows our kids to be able to have a memorable time with Santa in a less stressful environment.”
Amanda Berry, Manager of The Santa Photo Experience at Edison Mall, has a daughter with autism so has a unique understanding of working with children with autism. “She was able to get the kids to smile and look at the camera, and the Santa was especially kind and patient,” said Pusateri. “It’s wonderful to see the joy that this brings to the children and their parents, some of whom thought they’d never see their kids on Santa’s knee.”
About Eden Autism Services
Eden Autism Services Florida was founded in 1996 to address the state’s growing need for specialized services for children and adults with autism and their families. Eden Autism Services' mission is to improve the lives of children and adults with autism and provide support to their families by providing a range of community based services to meet specific needs throughout the lifespan. These services include K-12 schools in Fort Myers and Naples, clinical services, consultations and community training, and adult residential, vocational training and employment services. For more information, contact Susan Suarez at 239-992-4680, extension 5010 or Eden.email@example.com.
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 110 children in the United States, and one in 70 boys. The prevalence of autism has increased 600 percent in the past two decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.