"I had an AMAZING experience with the Santa at the RiverTown Crossings Mall and I want to share my story with you.My...

Posted by Autism Awareness on Wednesday, December 9, 2015


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A Michigan mom took to Facebook to applaud a mall Santa who went out of his way to make her autistic son feel special.

In a post that has been shared by tens of thousands of people, Naomi Johnson said her 6-year-old son, Landon, had just met with Santa at the RiverTown Crossings Mall and was starting to walk away when he suddenly ran back to St. Nick.

“Landon had gone back to tell Santa that he's autistic and was worried about being put on the naughty list because of it,” she told TODAY.com.

Santa then took Landon’s hands in his and began rubbing them to calm him down.

He asked the 6-year-old if having autism bothered him, said Johnson.

“L said yes, sometimes. Then Santa told him it shouldn’t.”

Johnson said the experience was an “amazing” shift from the reaction most people have to her son’s condition.

This time, “he wasn't a science experiment,” she wrote.

“He was Landon, sitting with Santa and being told that it was OK to be himself. “


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