A Santa America Program
Santa America has created a unique Autism sensitive opportunity for families that have a child with a spectrum disorder.
Santa visit environments are calming, quiet and pre-scheduled with little or no waiting. We provide training for Santas, assisting them in dealing with the unique challenges and opportunities that may present themselves, for children with an Autism spectrum disorder.
An American Family Tradition
The yearly visit and photo session with Santa Claus is an American family tradition! There are many families who have a collection of pictures that show their children with Santa from year to year capturing the joyful memories of holiday seasons past. Yet, some families are unable to share in this wonderful experience because of the excitement, happy noises and the long lines that accompany most Santa photo sets.
When a child must deal with the challenges that may accompany Autism, then these kinds of waits and noise can simply be too much. Sometimes, the challenges of autistic symptoms exclude a child and their family from events that others take for granted.
Santa America has a unique Autism sensitive opportunity for families that have a child with a spectrum disorder.
For groups that have a Santa who already provides this service, Santa America welcomes your existing Santa to join our interactive pre-season training. Santa America training is built, in part, on the “Best Visit Practices” of our entire national team. Your Santa can be a valuable addition to our training programs!
Autism Awareness - Santas Visit
Santa America is Autism aware. Our Santas are trained to meet the special needs of children with an Autism Spectrum disorder. These downloadable links are informative resources for Santa to help children and families prepare for a visit from a situationally aware Santa.
A Visit from Santa-Autism.pdf
An Autism Language Board.pdf
Santas Exceptional Children.pdf
Santa Opportunities Image.pdf
'Self Soothing' Technique.pdf
'Self Soothing' Technique.doc
'Self Soothing' Technique.docx
If you portray Santa Claus and you are interested in receiving free training and help in connecting with local families with children who have a spectrum disorder, OR you are a family with a child living with these challenges and you are interested in creating a holiday family tradition, contact Santa America for more details....
All services of Santa America and its volunteer Santas are “no charge.”
Santa America is 100% supported by foundation grants, corporate gifts and donations.
Our mission is to bring Love, Hope, and Joy to children and families facing challenging situations.