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Posted by on Nov. 28, 2016 at 1:10 AM
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How are your ASD kids about taking pictures with Santa (or other holiday characters)?

by on Nov. 28, 2016 at 1:10 AM
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by Platinum Member on Nov. 28, 2016 at 6:18 AM

We are Jewish, so pictures with Santa don't happen that often... When Sam was 4(?) we went to the mall with some friends during an early afternoon and her kids were all gang ho about pictures/chatting with Santa and Sam got caught up in it,, and I actually have a picture of Sam and Santa reading a Mickey book together. It was an early, easy going afternoon.. So totally chill and unplanned.. (So kids were in typical clothes, not decked out!) & it was fine. 

Sam has had photos several time on our 3 trips to Disneyworld... But again, that's nothing like dressing up and long lines (these were character breakfasts- I wouldn't wait on a line for pictures- ) as THATS when I feel like it could "go" South. Lol... 

but due to nerves, as he got older (somewhere around 2nd grade) he made a weird smile (with any photo) like not wanting to show teeth... And just looking uncomfortable and awkward on occasion which even lasts today. Sam is just NOT always comfortable in his skin and it's evident in many photos. 

by Carissa on Nov. 28, 2016 at 9:51 AM
Ashton is fine with getting pics taken with Santa or any character really.. We don't do Santa pics unless they are free ;)
by Gold Member on Nov. 28, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Also Jewish. Maybe some day if we go to Disneyland he will have that experience of posing with characters. The kids all enjoy it when Santa visits the elementary school on a fire truck lol.

by Nicole on Nov. 28, 2016 at 1:18 PM
Nick doesn't have issues with the pic with santa. But, if we have more then 2-4 people in front of us, then there's a problem. So we try to go when we don't think there will be many people there.
by Carol on Nov. 28, 2016 at 1:50 PM

My daughter - now 15 and way past Santa visit stage - was scared of Santa or for that matter any costumed person.  We go to visit Santa every year but would choose quiet small venues.  The pediatrician had a visit Santa with photo day - it was by appointment and they let one kid at a time in.  She wouldn't sit on Santa's lap but would stand next to him with a list.  As she got older, she was willing to see Santa (always non-crowded times) but not sit on his lap if she could ride on the carousel.  What is really funny about all this is that now she likes to do cosplay (dress up as anime characters) and has even made a fur suit of an original character she designed.

by Silver Member on Nov. 30, 2016 at 10:19 AM

Not anymore, he pretty much has an easy time with Santa. The grandson is totally oppsotie so this year we'll take them together and see if that works for Caiden. Zion is so scared of the Easter Bunny. he literally melts down and runs the other way crying like crazy. he did that with Santa only one year but since then its been good but that Bunny...not happening!

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