Lloyd Center to Host ‘Sensory Santa’ Holiday Photo Event for Children with Autism
Portland, OR, 2016-Nov-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Considering approximately three to six children out of every 1,000 have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it can be difficult for families of children with autism to enjoy some of the holiday celebrations and traditions most people take for granted, including simple things like sitting on Santa’s lap in a busy shopping mall.
That is why families touched by ASD are invited to Lloyd Center on November 20 from 8:30 am – 10:30 am this season to celebrate “Sensory Santa,” an event that caters to children with autism and allows them to enjoy one of the holiday’s joyous memories – sitting on Santa’s lap.
For the event, the Santa area will become “sensory friendly,” meaning the lights and music will be turned down, staff will be instructed to avoid loud, distracting movements, and the mall will be closed to shoppers. Lloyd Center in partnership with Worldwide Photography will also provide each family that attends with a photo keepsake to commemorate the holiday season.
“We wanted to create an event that celebrates the spirit of the holiday season and brings a small, but memorable part of the holiday season to families with autism,” said Ann Grimmer, Marketing Director, Lloyd Center. “‘Sensory Santa’ will allow these children to experience the same enjoyment with Santa, but in a much calmer, less intimidating environment.”
About Lloyd Center
Lloyd Center is anchored by Macy’s, and Sears and is located at the corner of 9th and Multnomah. It features over 200 specialty shops, a food court and an indoor ice skating rink. Lloyd Center is open from Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Lloyd Center is owned and managed by a Cypress Equities company.
Source: Lloyd Center