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December 23, 2012

Autistic Kids Deserve Some Santa Time, Too

Visiting Santa at the mall is a big part of the Christmas season for a lot of kids - it's a chance to sit down with the big guy and get a few requests in before Christmas morning comes along.

But at this time of year, standing in line at the mall is a noisy, crowded, bright experience. And that means it's basically off limits for many kids with autism - the stimulation is too much for them to handle.

Well, some places in the U.S. and Canada have introduced programs that offer kids who are diagnosed on the autism spectrum a calmer, more soothing way to meet Santa Claus.

In Madison, Wisconsin, an event called "Quiet Santa" gave kids a chance to meet Santa in a friendly environment.

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