Sensory Santa at Stephen Lutheran

Posted Nov 30th, 2015 by Dave Davis  Category: Arts & Entertainment


The S.O.A.R. (Strengthening Opportunities Abilities & Relationships) organization is pleased to announce the second annual sensory Santa event at St. Stephen Lutheran Church 7800 Erie St. Sylvania Ohio on Saturday, November 28th from 1 PM until 4 PM. The event features a family-friendly environment with craft stations, coloring station, and cookie decorating. There is also a place for the family, including sensitive children, to meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
“The idea of the sensory Santa is as much an environmental issue as a visitation issue.” says Santa. “The environment is specially designed to have minimal distractions and other noises that can cause anxiety for individuals living with autism and other sensory challenges.” Santa stresses the importance of the safe room for children with autism, attention deficit disorders, or other anxieties that can make it difficult for parents to visit Santa in noisy environments such as the mall or public Christmas celebrations.
The event supports families with a special child that may find it difficult to wait in lines or avoid distraction for the child. The St. Stephen environment will have a private room for the children to visit with Santa. Additionally, the family can take their own pictures or have a picture taken for them by an on-site photographer.
Jean Blachowski, Executive Director of S.O.R.E, says: “one of the big benefits of this environment is that it gives the whole family an opportunity to visit the jolly old elf without the pressure of traditional Santa Christmas events.” Not only does a special child, but also their siblings, get a chance to visit with Santa at their own leisure.
Santa Dave says some of the key aspects of dealing with special needs children involves his tone of voice, no demanding questions, and acceptance that the child may not want to sit on Santa’s lap.
The event is open to the public, especially for kids from 1 to 92. For more information, contact Jean Blachowski at 419 461-7366 or email

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