Sensitive Santa sessions at Mandurah Forum for children with extra needs

FAMILIES with extra needs children can have a magical Christmas experience with Sensitive Santa making the long trek from the North Pole to Mandurah Forum this festive season.

After overwhelming positive feedback last year, Centre manager Jacqueline McKenzie is encouraging local parents to book one-on-one visits with a qualified Santa who will fly in with his reindeer on Sunday, November 19.

“We look forward to local families creating special memories at our low stress and quiet Santa experience without the crowds, music, lights and camera flashes that can be overwhelming for children with sensory needs,’’ she said.

“Offering families a private 15-minute visit with Sensitive Santa before opening, we hope all local children can experience the magic of meeting Santa in an ideal and sensory friendly environment tailored to their individual needs.”

Mandurah mum Nicole Radcliff said initiatives like Sensitive Santa helped break down the barriers for children with extra needs, allowing them to participate in the same activities as other children.

“Last year was the first year we were able to get a photo of our son with Santa so this initiative means a lot to us as a family.’’

Mandurah Forum’s Sensitive Santa is available on Sundays from 8am to 10am until December 10.

All families receive a complimentary photograph from Mandurah Forum.

Bookings are essential, call 9535 5522.

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