For the last eight Christmases, Liam and his mum, Amy have gone to visit Santa. They’ve lined up with the hundreds of other screaming kids and their families, all hoping for five minutes to sit on Father Christmas’ knee.
And every time, they’ve left empty handed, because Liam isn’t like all the other kids.
He has autism, which makes experiencing the Christmas tradition most take for granted near impossible.
“My son has just turned eight and the only photo I had of him with Santa was from when he was one month old,” Amy told Mamamia.
“Every year that I tried to take him since, and his special needs became more prominent, the harder it got. The loud crowds, the noises, the bright lights, the waiting in line and the squealing kids all excited to see Santa were all so overwhelming for him that it would lead to a meltdown.
“Unlike a ‘tantrum’, he’d start shaking and hyperventilating, and would do anything and go through anyone to get out of the situation.”
But thanks to Westfield’s Sensitive Santa, Liam and his younger brother and sister were all able to give Santa their letters together last weekend.