Santa visits the Golisano Autism Center

Updated: December 13, 2019 06:12 PM
Created: December 13, 2019 05:28 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Santa and Mrs. Claus visited preschool students with autism at the Golisano Autism Center Friday.

Mary Cariola’s music therapist led the students as they snag Christmas carols and enjoyed hot cocoa and cookies.


Ally, a certified therapy dog joined them.

Santa, Mrs. Claus and Ally greeted the kids and delivered gifts.

Director of Golisano Autism Center Renee Zonder said Ally’s presence was a way to help the students cope with the unexpected situation.

"Certified therapy animals are a great tool for individuals who maybe are extra anxious or just looking for ways to connect with other people and through animals and it's a great tool," Zonder said.

The Golisano Autism Center opened in September.

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