Liberty Center offers special Santa visits for children with autism

“Sensory Santa Visits” a two-hour program designed for children with sensory processing disorder, returns to Liberty Center in December.

“Sensory Santa Visits” inside the Foundry, Liberty Center’s enclosed mall, feature lower lighting, no music and the opportunity to take part in the holiday tradition of visiting with Santa free from distractions.

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“Sensory Santa Visits” will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 3.

Edwin Jones and Shelby Jeffries, of Hamilton, told the Journal-News last holiday season that the experience of taking their then-7-year-old son Ashton, who was diagnosed with high-functioning autism with sensory processing disorder and moderate hearing loss, was “so much easier” than a typical Santa visit at a mall.

“You don’t have to worry about all the distractions, the noises,” Shelby Jeffries said in 2016. “It’s great that they do this for the kids. I love it.”

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