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Special Santa for Special Needs

 

Children love to visit Santa during the holidays, but for children with santadisabilities, especially those with sensory disorders, visiting Santa at the mall can be overwhelming. Visiting Santa and his elves, complete with photographers, music, bright colors and smells of Christmas, is a happy, annual ritual that most children anticipate with delight. However, those same things can send a child with autism or other sensory issues spiraling into a meltdown. To help, the disAbility Resource Center will host Sensory Santa visits for children that need a quieter, less overwhelming environment to visit with Santa.

Santa will visit the dRC, 409 Progress St., Fredericksburg, on Dec. 8 from 3-5 p.m., Dec. 14 from 4-7 p.m., and Dec. 20 from 5-8 p.m. Siblings and families are welcome to visit with Santa too and parents are encouraged to bring their cameras. Snacks, crafts, and stories will be available for children prior to and after visiting Santa. Visits must be scheduled by calling the dRC at 540-373-2559. Picture boards and a social story can be provided at registration if needed. Registration is limited and visits will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Contact Linda Galloway at the dRC for more information.

 

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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches learned about a very important resource for families who have lost loved ones to sudden tragedy, an organization called LLOST.

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The foundation has helped 44 hospitals in 22 states through their Treasured Memories program. The program sends nurses to bereavement training, and provides or supplements the $55 memory boxes that include clothes, booties, handknot blankets, pictures, foot prints, hand prints, clipped hair and other mementos.

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