Baiz, 8 is autistic. Since he was two years old, he has fought “irrational fears” that have been keeping him from meeting Santa Claus.
According to his mother Sheila Seelye: “Baiz asks to go to the mall almost every weekend. He’s like ’I’m gonna do it this time!’ However, as soon as they get there, his selective mutism, caused by anxiety, causes him to shut down and freeze. “So, we sit and watch from afar while he works through his feelings.”
In November, he was once again forced to watch as his twin sister Layna had her photo taken with Santa while he sat, terrrified, in a shopping cart crying. Santa decided to take matters into his own hands and slowly walked over to where Baiz was, touched his hair and gave him a candy cane. He kept reassuring the boy and knew just how to calm him down.
Later that night in bed, Baiz told his mother that he felt in his soul that that was the real Santa.
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