Every now and then, I come across a story that makes me wonder “why can’t we have something like this in Queens.” This story is one of those. A mall upstate opened its doors early last weekend for a special purpose- so kids with Autism could meet Sensory Santa.
Sangertown Square opened early Sunday morning, but only for a number of area children and their parents.
Those children, who suffer from Autism, got to meet Santa, without all of the stores open, meaning they basically had the mall to themselves.
And, Santa was actually a special Santa, trained in physical therapy and well versed in working with children who have autism.
Jeremy Earl is the Associate Vice President for Therapy Services at the Kelberman Center in Utica which specializes in Autism services, but on Sunday, Earl was ‘Sensory Santa.’
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