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Mom whispers to Santa that son is ‘blind and autistic,’ and his response is amazing

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Carlo Klemm

Mom whispers to Santa that son is ‘blind and autistic,’ and his response is amazing

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June 24, 2019

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 Santa Claus is the embodiment of Christmas cheer for many a young boy or girl. One eve each year, they willfully part with cookies and milk to pay tribute to him, whist dreaming of presents appearing magically under the tree while they sleep.

Those children, if they are lucky, might even get a chance to sit on Santa’s lap while Christmas shopping with Mom or Dad in a shopping mall. Of course, there’s no better time to deliver one’s Christmas wish list in person, ensuring no crisscrossed lines of communications when the big night finally comes.

Mathew was one such boy whose interest in Santa brought him face to face with jolly Old Saint Nick while out with his mom one day. This would be no ordinary lap-sitting for Santa, though, as Mathew was somewhat different from other young boys: he was blind, and he was also  autistic.

Mathew’s blindness, of course, meant that he could not see the world or other people around him. Meanwhile, his autism meant that he had difficulty communicating or interacting socially with others—and this required some special treatment during his meeting with Santa.

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“I whispered to Santa, ‘He is blind and autistic and is very interested in Santa,’” Misty recalled afterward. “He said, ‘Say no more,’ and immediately got down on the floor to greet my little man.”

Santa knew that rather than asking Mathew to join him on his lap, the jolly, bearded man would have to join Mathew where he was comfortable, even if it meant sitting on the floor with him, and communicate in a way that he understood—not just with his voice but also through touch.

Not only did Santa talk to Mathew for a long time, but he also let him feel his beard, hat, and soft red suit.

Mom whispers to Santa that son is âblind and autistic,â and his response is amazing

[Santa] asked Matthew if he wanted to feel anything and Matthew said, ‘Your eyes that twinkle,’ (from the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.)

So, Santa let him touch all over his eyes for as long as Matthew wanted.

Santa treated Mathew like someone truly special. He also brought him over to pet a life-size reindeer prop surrounded by fake snow and other Christmas decorations.

“It was great,” Misty wrote. “My heart was full seeing Matthew so interested. Best Santa ever!”

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Outstanding connection Santa! THAT is the true spirit of Santa.

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This reminded me of a time when I was schoolteaching.  Merely as a Substitute schoolteacher, I captured the / my students Attention when I brought into class assortments of "Touchy-feelie" items into better-explain in Earth science class the differences between the elements.
I later was highly-Praised by the teachers on this campus for BRINGING THE LESSONS TO LIFE for these students.     /     I credit (both) my own TENACITY and Unique-thinking (like a child) into this class setting which I learned is-not-common inside the clasroom because THE STATE MANDATES IT TO BE TAUGHT <only this way.>

 

 

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