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A Successful Sensitive Santa
Written by Juanita Tuntland on Friday, 12 December 2014
It was a magical evening for children who attended a special evening with Sensitive Santa at the Swift Current Mall on Tuesday.
The event, put on by SaskFEAT (Saskatchewan Families for Effective Autism Treatment), is suited to children with sensitivities where the lights are dimmed and the Christmas music is turned off.
Teresa Bye took her four children, ranging from 20 months to 11 years old, to see him.
"There wasn't a bunch of noise and a bunch of people around you kind of rushing you through it. You had that opportunity to speak with him, and take a minute to kind of settle down and observe what was going on around you," she said. "Even when we went, she got really nervous and wanted nothing to do with, and by the end of our appointment, she was able to get closer to him. She sat on the present beside him, and she was on her dad's lap but then she was still able to get a picture with him, and she wasn't crying and she was high-fiving him, so it made it a great experience for her."
Fourteen children attended the event and SaskFEAT is already gearing up for their 3rd Annual Sensitive Santa for next Christmas.
SaskFEAT would like to extend a big thank you to Property Manager of the Swift Current Mall, Tim Bugera, and Santa for helping in making all of this possible.
For details on Sensitive Santa visits, go to the SaskFEAT facebook page.
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Creating Awareness and Understanding of ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD, also referred to as autism) is a neurological disorder which affects the way the brain functions, resulting in difficulties with communications and social interactions. A diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder recognises individuals with a wide range of strengths and challenges. Individuals on the autism spectrum will depend on lifelong supports and services.
Linking the Territorial and Provincial Societies: Autism Society Canada's Board of Directors is made up of representatives from all ten provinces as well as the Yukon and North West Territories. Autism Society Canada represents a large collective voice for the autism community in Canada.
Setting a Precedent with the Advisory Committee of Adults Living with an ASD: Autism Society Canada formed the first advisory committee of adults with ASDs to hear directly from individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The committee is comprised on nine representatives from the ten provinces and three territories. One committee member is designated as chair and sits on the Autism Society Canada Board as a Director-at-Large. The committee contributes by giving the perspective of persons wiling with autism, helping to shape policy development and direction taken by ASC.
Promotion of Evidence-Informed Research: Autism Society Canada advocates for and supports families/caregivers to research and understand current, evidence-based therapies and interventions, in order to make informed decisions and plan for lifespan needs of their loved one(s) with ASD. Through ASC services such as the Autism Junction or individual connections, families/caregivers are directed to resources, research and supports available within their communities. ASC continues to collaborate with their many community partners, researchers and government to support and advocate for all individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, their families/caregivers, and communities.
Influencing Public Policy at the National Level: Autism Society Canada actively advocates with the federal government for services and support for individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorders, their families and their communities. Autism Society Canada's mission is to work with our many partners to address the national priorities facing the autism community.