Sensory Stories

For many kiwi kids with sensory processing disorders, such as autism, even background music and bright lighting can make for an extremely unsettling experience.

In 2015, The Palms Shopping Centre became the first centre in New Zealand to hold Sensitive Santa, eliminating the chaos and sensory overload that may usually overwhelm those with sensory disorders in a shopping centre setting.

The Sensitive Santa sessions take place before the centre opens to the public, to eliminate crowds and allow for a quiet, controlled environment.

The Palms now strive to include sensory sessions for all school holiday activities with the aim to provide a calm and quiet alternative, which soothes instead of overpowering the senses.