The Fairfield organization to host a special Santa Claus event for children with sensitive senses


Santa will be visiting a very special group of children this weekend in Fairfield.

Despite his busy schedule, he will take the time to go through Rehabilitation Associates.

“We work with children with all types of difficulties and diagnoses,” says Rehabilitation Associates director of pediatrics, Ali Gilbey. “The intimidating idea of ​​having kids going to the mall and standing in long lines and the lights and just the overwhelming atmosphere.”

The setting and atmosphere for waiting and seeing Santa Claus may be too much for some children, which is why the staff decided to invite Old Saint Nick to their facility.

“Unlike the mall, we keep it nice and quiet, we keep the lights pretty low. Families come by appointment,” says Gilbey.

“They’ll be waiting in their cars. So once they text us, we can catch them and bring them to Santa’s area,” said Alexa Laiso, an occupational therapist who will be one of the little helpers. of Santa Claus.

The annual event will return this year after COVID-19 suspended the event in 2020.

“This year we want to pay attention to distance and everything, so that we can have them sitting on the bench or standing. Whatever they’re most comfortable with,” said Laiso.

For $ 5, families leave with a photo and a gift bag.

“We’ve always been able to get at least one good picture, even if it’s with the kid doing a puzzle on the floor with Santa Claus joining in versus the traditional one on Santa’s lap,” says Gilbey. “We thought if we could find a way to develop that face to face, then we could provide an experience that they maybe couldn’t have had before.”

Santa is a popular guy, so there is currently a waiting list to see him.

If you would like your family to be added to the list, you can call (203) 423-0525.

The Rehabilitation Associates will host the event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The address is 1931 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield.


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