For the second straight year, Cornerstone Physical Therapy Health and Wellness Center will hold their Sensitive Santa event this Saturday at the Clark facility.

What do you think is so great about the Garden State? Let us know using the form at the end of this story.

Flickr User Gardener41

The event was started last year as a way to ease the process for children with autism to see Santa Claus during the holidays.

Since so many children with this ailment are hypersensitive to noise and lights, the process can be overwhelming.

"So parents taking them to the mall to have pictures taken with Santa is not easy on the parents nor the child," explained Jennifer Mazurkevich, organizer. "Well now we are offering to these families something that they can enjoy and get that picture with Santa."

Parents can set up 20-minute appointments at the facility for children to meet with Santa in a sensory-friendly room, where they'll come out with a good bag, and of course, a picture with the man in red.

Mazurkevich says close to 30 families participated in last year's inaugural event, which drew extremely positive feedback.

"It was overwhelming to see all the happy faces and to see the parents just so happy to see their kid doing normal everyday things."

To help accommodate the autistic children, the room they meet Santa in features low music, dimmed lights and minimal decorations.

"What we want to accomplish is to just give every child, who celebrates Christmas, the opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa."

Learn more by calling (732)499-4540 or by visiting Cornerstone Physical Therapy Health and Wellness Center online.

More Good News

Jo-Ann Barton

New Jersey native Jo-Ann Barton is standing up to bullying through her music. A singer/songwriter for 25 years, Barton's latest album features music for kids dealing with bullying. Barton says the songs on her album Sticks and Stones are uplifting, letting kids know that things will get better eventually. You can learn more about this online.

Lorell Levy, Barbie Zimmerman-Bier and Genevieve Kumapley

Three New Jersey moms who are raising children with autism recently returned from a trip to Africa to help others dealing with developmental disabilities. Genevieve Kumapley, Barbie Zimmerman-Bier and Lorell Levy trained parents, educators and public health officials in the early identification, therapeutic interventions and supportive strategies for the treatment of children with autism. All three mothers are doctors and educators that didn't know much about autism before their children were born. Kumapley is a doctor of pharmacy at Saint Peter's University Hospital. She left Ghana at age 14. Zimmerman-Bier is the chief of developmental pediatrics at Saint Peter's University Hospital and an associate professor of pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine. Levy is a learning disabilities teacher-consultant with the West Windsor-Plainsboro School District.