Disney's "Inside Out" helping families with autism look at feelings

Inside Out, a new film by Disney/Pixar, is being praised both by critics and members of our autism community! Inside Out looks at the life of Riley, an 11-year-old girl who is moving to a new city. In the film, Riley’s emotions play center stage, as the characters include include Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust. Reported by Sun News & Review, this film is helping families with autism have conversations with their children about their emotions. You can read the full story  here.

Mall Santa goes the extra mile for boy with autism

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After her son Brayden was diagnosed with autism at age three, Erin Deely assumed there were some experiences that just might not be in the cards for her family. "I thought we would never get those holiday pictures with him because it's something he can't handle – the noise, and the pressure. He gets anxious if you ask him to smile, it's all too much for him," Erin told PEOPLE. 
But on November 22, Erin decided to give it a try and brought Brayden to a special Caring Santa event at SouthPark mall in Charlotte, North Carolina. Caring Santa is a program that provides special needs families with their own unique opportunity to visit and take photos with Santa.
The result was incredible.
 
Brayden was feeling shy as he slowly inched his way toward Santa's chair. Rather than wait to see if Brayden might come to his lap, this caring Santa got right on the ground with him and started playing with Brayden and his toys. 
 
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