ABC & Toy Zone helps children with special needs visit Santa Claus

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) –  Santa Claus is going the extra mile to make sure every child in Rochester feels special this holiday season.

ABC & Toy Zone hosted a special accommodation hour Sunday for children who need a little extra help interacting with Santa Claus.

For example, children with autism, or those who are blind or deaf could take their time warming up to the jolly old man.

The toy store turns off the music and the bright lights, and keeps things quiet.

Santa Claus also takes special care in responding to each individual’s needs, which means a lot to families who might not otherwise be able to make it through a visit.

“Normally they wouldn’t be able to approach a standard Santa situation because there’s too much busy noise,” said Santa. “There’s nothing wrong with that, but for those kids that sensitivity gets really high and then we lose them so they’re not enjoying the visit with Santa.”

“My younger son has autism,” said Janet Scofield, who came from Dover with her family. “So it can be a scary event, so it’s very nice that ABC Toy Zone has some special time set aside.”

Sunday was the last of three sessions set aside specifically for children with special needs.

If your child might need special arrangements to visit with Santa, you’re encouraged to contact ABC & Toy Zone.

Erin O'Brien

Erin O'Brien

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