Sensitive Santa Offers a Calm Holiday Experience
The PLUS Company and the Greater Nashua YMCA are teaming up to create an alternative to the holiday photo experience with Santa Claus. Each year, families with children with sensory issues or autism are forced to pass
on the traditional photograph with Santa Claus. The noise, crowds, long waitinglines and bright lights that typically accompany settings where children visit Santa can be overwhelming. To address this situation The Y and PLUS have created two alternate opportunities with a low-key approach to the Santa photo experience.
On Saturday, December 8th, the Merrimack Y branch
will host a Sensitive Santa session from 2pm – 4pm. The following day, December 9, The PLUS Company will serve as the host site from 2pm – 4pm. Both dates will provide the chance for families to take their own photos with their children and Santa Claus. The event is free to the public, however advance registration is necessary. Families must bring their own camera. Holiday crafts will be available and the atmosphere at both locations will be low key and as soothing as possible.
“For families with children with autism or other sensory
issues, holiday time can put them on overload,” stated Jennifer Cusato, Community Relations Director at the YMCA of Greater Nashua. “The departure from structure, factored in with the excitement and over stimulation of the holiday
season can wreak havoc on families. To avoid overload the entire family chooses to miss out on the joy of meeting Santa in order to accommodate the needs of one sibling. We are thrilled to offer an alternative to allow all families that same wonderful holiday experience.”
To register for the Merrimack YMCA session, please call
603-881-7778 or register online at www.nmymca.org.org. The Merrimack YMCA is located at 6 Henry Clay Drive in Merrimack. Registration for the December 9th session at The PLUS Company can be made by phoning Cynthia at 603-889-0652 x133. The PLUS Company is located at 19 Chestnut Street in Nashua.
The PLUS (People Learning Useful Skills) Company has worked to provide an array of vocational, independent living supports, adult education and recreational opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities and
acquired brain disorders since 1972. The YMCA has been serving the Greater Nashua community since 1889. The mission is to instill values and provide opportunities for lifelong personal growth and the development of a healthy
spirit, mind, and body for all. Both agencies are working together to provide a happy and safe opportunity this holiday season.