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'Quiet Santas' helping children with special needs enjoy the holidays

Posted: 6:02 AM, Dec 01, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-01 11:53:27Z

For some children, visiting Santa Claus can cause sensory overload.

However, some malls are doing their part to help out by featuring a "Quiet Santa" for children who have sensory processing disorders. 

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Last year J.D. Mauss' parents took him to the mall to see Santa, but by the time they got to the front of the line, he worked himself into a frenzy. 

So, this year, they visited a specifically-trained "Quiet Santa."

"I have to be really quiet just kind of play some games and some toys and try to invite them in. Usually, 90 percent of the time, they warm up and get closer to me, and then we have some fun together. They don't have to be so scared of Santa," said the "Quiet Santa."

Boynton Beach Mall
Boynton Beach, FL
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Dadeland Mall
Kendall, Fla., South Miami
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The Falls
Kendall, Fla., South Miami-Dade Co.
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Treasure Coast Square
Jensen Beach, Fla.
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Broward Mall
Plantation, Fla.
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Coral Square
Coral Springs, Fla.
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Westland Mall
Hialeah, Fla.
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Click here to find locations for other sensory-friendly Santa across the United States.