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SFU Sensitive Santa

  • Contact Us 

    Saint Francis University
    DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness 
    108 Franciscan Way
    Loretto, PA 15940

    Email: ahudkins@francis.edu
    Phone: 814-472-2792

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    Sitting on Santa's lap and telling him what you want for Christmas is a long-time tradition. On December 9, 2017, children with sensory or other special needs were able to enjoy the annual tradition with their families—without the bright lights, loud noises, and long lines. Families visit the sensory transition room before visiting Sensitive Santa. Milk and cookies, with the options of gluten or casein-free cookies or soy milk, were shared with families upon visiting Sensitive Santa. Parents and caregivers were invited to bring their cameras and capture the moment. Any questions regarding this annual event can be forwarded to Amy Hudkins.

    The Autism Task Force at Saint Francis University invites families with children who have sensory or other special needs and their siblings to enjoy a sensory-friendly visit with Santa.Santa Pic

    Appointments are every 15 minutes starting at 9 a.m.

    • Enjoy complimentary gluten-free/casein-free refreshments
    • Visit SFU's Toy Lending Library
    • Families can come 15 minutes early and visit our sensory transition room

    Thank you for allowing us to be part of your holiday season!

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  • Additional Information

    Here is some additional information to assist in making your visit enjoyable and successful:

    Santa's Social Story

    The following video is a great way to prepare children for a visit with Santa. Please feel free to watch and share with your child:

     

     

    About Your Visit
    • We will have a "preparation room" available with an extra Santa suit and a variety of sensory activities. Your child is welcome to come 15 minutes prior to their appointment to spend time touching Santa's suit, rocking on a therapy ball, or even just relaxing.
    • Your child will have the option of sitting on Santa's lap, in a chair next to Santa, on a therapy ball, standing, sitting in the ground, or any combination of these during his/her meeting with Santa.
    • If your child is non-verbal, we are asking that you provide a few ideas of presents your child may like. This will help Santa engage your child and personalize the visit.
    • There will be photographer there to take your child's picture with Santa. There is no cost for the photo and we can simply email it to you for your use.
    • There will be refreshments available for your family after the visit with Santa. Gluten and casein free cookies and soy milk will be available, as well as regular cookies and milk.
    • Your child will receive a small gift bag with some holiday crafts and sensory items.
    • Please bring a camera for photos with Santa.
    Directions

    Saint Francis University
    DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness 
    108 Franciscan Way
    Loretto, PA 15940

    Phone: 814-472-2792

    The DiSepio Institute Building is located on the Saint Francis University campus. Customized directions to campus can be generated via the map below, or you may call if you have questions. Parking is available in front of and behind the DiSepio Building. There is no cost to park.

    Santa will be located in the Spiritual Wellness room located on the top (2nd) floor of the building. There will be Santa's Reindeer tracks to follow to guide you to Santa. Occupational and physical therapy students will also be on hand to welcome you and answer any questions you may have.