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Santa holds sensory friendly sessions for special needs children


Menomonie (WQOW) - Santa Claus came to Menomonie to bring some Christmas cheer to kids with special needs.

Foundations Therapy and Jinger Brulz Photography hosted Santa in a sensory friendly setting Saturday morning so kids and their families could have some alone time to tell Santa what they want for Christmas and get a picture.

The event was catered toward kids with mental or physical disabilities who may get overwhelmed or are too medically fragile to visit Santa at a crowded mall or store.

Foundations Therapy owner, Emily Hanson, said they do whatever they can to help families share some Christmas memories they may not otherwise be able to get.

"We also try to accommodate, so maybe Santa sits on the floor with the child so we can get a child out of their wheelchair, we can move the chair around, we maybe have bubbles to blow or a book to read, just different distractions because it's more about a candid moment than a poised picture," said Hanson.

This was the second year Santa made a special visit to the therapy clinic and the clinic hopes they can make it a tradition for upcoming years.

Mary Pautsch

Mary came to News 18 in July 2019 from Sioux City, Iowa where she graduated from Morningside College with a BA in Spanish after attending Iowa State University for 3 years.

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