This Santa’s Response To This Little Boy Telling Him He Has Autism Is the Sweetest Thing

Dec 9, 2015 at 8:15 am |

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Source: Facebook / naomijohnson

 The Santa Claus at RiverTown Crossings Mall in Michigan, does exactly what we all would hope Santa would do when a child with a challenge approaches him! Santa should always looks past the labels of any diagnosis and give a child a positive encounter! This little boy with autism has gone viral just because of this!

Naomi Johnson, Landon’s mom posted a photo to Facebook of her son’s extremely sweet encounter with Saint Nick. She then “said his peace to the old man in red” and walked away. While his cousins were taking their turn with Santa, though, Landon decided that he still had some things he wanted to say to ole St. Nick.

“He went back to Santa [because] he wanted to tell him that he has Autism. He was flapping his hands, all excited to let Santa know that he has autism,” Naomi wrote.

She continued, “Santa sat him next to him and took L’s hands in his and started rubbing them, calming them down. Santa asked L if it bothered him, having Autism? L said yes, sometimes. Then Santa told him it shouldn’t. It shouldn’t bother him to be who he is. L told Santa that sometimes he gets in trouble at school and it’s hard for people to understand that he has autism, and that he’s not a naughty boy. Santa told L to not worry and that he has been a very good boy being who he is.”

Naomi says Santa sat and talked with Landon for at least five minutes, and paid very closed attention to her son and listened to him.

“This just melts this momma’s heart!” she wrote. “Shout out to the Santa at the RiverTown Crossings Mall. You.are.AMAZING!”

She posted her story on Sunday, Dec. 6, and it has already been shared more than 12,000 times, with many people commenting saying Naomi’s story brought them to tears.

I had an AMAZING experience w the Santa at the RiverTown Crossings Mall and I want to share my story with you:My child…

Posted by Naomi Johnson on Sunday, December 6, 2015

This little boy with autism has gone viral just because of this!