The Southern Health Trust recently hosted a Christmas event for local children and young people with autism spectrum disorder.
They enjoyed a range of activities including face painting, balloon modelling, sensory play and a visit to Santa Claus.
Denise Carroll, Southern Trust Autism Services Co-ordinator, said: “Visits to see Santa can be overwhelming for children with autism and can trigger sensory problems because the event isn’t part of a normal routine.
“That’s why it’s important to help make this an enjoyable occasion by giving these children the opportunity to have fun, socialise and use their creative skills.
“I would like to thank all of our staff for organising what has been an entertaining morning for everyone. Massive efforts have been made to help each of these children enjoy the festive season with us here at the Southern Trust.”
One parent who attended the party with their child said: “We have had the most wonderful Christmas party. Thank you so much for your kindness, your input and ideas, your refreshments and just the whole experience. My child has never chatted so much in his whole life.”
For further information on the autism services provided at the Southern Health and Social Care Trust please call 028 3836 6777 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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