Nov. 19, 2019 - A typical visit with Santa is often accompanied with bright
lights, loud noises and long waits in a crowded store or mall. For children
with sensory sensitivities, including those on the autism spectrum, the
experience can be anything but jolly. This year, Southeast Georgia Health
System is offering children with special needs an opportunity to visit
with Santa in an environment specially designed for them.
“Our goal is to help children with sensory challenges have a joyful
Santa experience by providing an environment that helps the child feel
safe and secure,” says Erica Boyd, occupational therapist, Southeast
Georgia Health System. “Kelly Sigman, our Sensory Santa, has received
special training and knows how to do just that.”
The free Sensory Santa visit will take place in a quiet room with lowered
lights. Prior to the visit, children will prepare to meet Santa in a room
designed to familiarize them with aspects of the Santa experience.
Reservations are required and limited to one 20-minute session per child.
A professional photographer will not be available; parents may take as
many photos as they wish within the reserved time.
The Sensory Santa visits will be held on December 18-19, 6-8 p.m., at the
Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus. Reservations are limited
and early registration is encouraged. To reserve a time or for more information,
please call Doreen Sigman at 912-264-4550.