Christmas is the season of twinkling lights and yuletide carols, of bright entertainment and cheery medleys. It is the norm for many. But for kids with autism, the “merry and bright” holiday season can be overwhelming.

Children with autism, together with their families, enjoy a sensory friendly Christmas celebration, complete with a Santa meet and greet. 

“Christmas can be a stressful time for children on the spectrum—the crowds, the noise, the lights,” said Mona Magno-Veluz, national president of Autism Society Philippines

To make sure children with autism still get to experience the warmth and fun spirit of the holidays, SM Cares, the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Supermalls, hosted a special meet and greet for the kids at its several premier malls across the country. The event was held in partnership with Autism Society Philippines.

The event was sensory friendly in nature, as the participating malls opened as early as 8:00 a.m., and had dimmer lights and softer music than usual. 

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