Sensitive Santa offers calm photo opportunity

NASHUA – The PLUS Co. and the Greater Nashua YMCA are teaming up for the third year to create an alternative holiday photo experience with Santa Claus.

Families with children who have sensory issues or autism are often forced to pass on the traditional photograph with Santa Claus. The noise, crowds, long waiting lines and bright lights that typically accompany settings where children visit Santa can be overwhelming. To address this situation, the Y and The PLUS Co. have created a soothing, low-key approach to the Santa photo experience.

A Sensitive Santa photo session will take place at the Merrimack YMCA from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. The event will provide a chance for families to take their own photos with their children and Santa Claus.

Families must bring their own camera. Holiday crafts and snacks will be available while families wait their turn.

The Merrimack YMCA is at 6 Henry Clay Drive. The event is free; however, advance registration is required at 881-7778.

“The past two years have demonstrated that there are families in the community who miss out on this typical holiday experience,” said Cynthia Andreola, director of marketing and communication at The PLUS Co. “The joy experienced by the families is priceless.

“The overstimulation of the holiday season can wreak havoc on families, particularly ones with a child sensitive to noise and crowds. To avoid overstimulation, the entire family chooses to miss out on the joy of meeting Santa in order to accommodate the needs of one sibling. We are thrilled to offer an alternative.”

The PLUS Co. – People Learning Useful Skills – has worked to provide an array of vocational and independent living supports, adult education and recreational opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders since 1972.

For more information, visit www.pluscompany.org and www.nmymca.org.

Sensitive Santa offers calm photo opportunity

NASHUA – The PLUS Co. and the Greater Nashua YMCA are teaming up for the third year to create an alternative holiday photo experience with Santa Claus.

Families with children who have sensory issues or autism are often forced to pass on the traditional photograph with Santa Claus. The noise, crowds, long waiting lines and bright lights that typically accompany settings where children visit Santa can be overwhelming. To address this situation, the Y and The PLUS Co. have created a soothing, low-key approach to the Santa photo experience.

A Sensitive Santa photo session will take place at the Merrimack YMCA from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. The event will provide a chance for families to take their own photos with their children and Santa Claus.

Families must bring their own camera.

Holiday crafts and snacks will be available while families wait their turn.

The Merrimack YMCA is at 6 Henry Clay Drive. The event is free; however, advance registration is required at 881-7778.

“The past two years have demonstrated that there are families in the community who miss out on this typical holiday experience,” said Cynthia Andreola, director of marketing and communication at The PLUS Co. “The joy experienced by the families is priceless.

“The overstimulation of the holiday season can wreak havoc on families, particularly ones with a child sensitive to noise and crowds. To avoid overstimulation, the entire family chooses to miss out on the joy of meeting Santa in order to accommodate the needs of one sibling. We are thrilled to offer an alternative.”

The PLUS Co. – People Learning Useful Skills – has worked to provide an array of vocational and independent living supports, adult education and recreational opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders since 1972.

The YMCA has been serving Greater Nashua since 1889. Its mission is to instill values and provide opportunities for lifelong personal growth and the development of a healthy spirit, mind and body.

Both agencies are working together to provide a happy and safe opportunity this holiday season. For more information, visit www.pluscompany.org and www.nmymca.org.