UPDATE: Mali’s Christmas Wish Was Granted by Santa, and It’s Too Precious!

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Recently, we told you about Mali—a little girl with speech and hearing difficulties—and a mall Santa who reached out to her in sign language.

The story was touching, but it didn’t end there.

Shortly thereafter, Santa and Mali had a reunion! It was there that Santa gave her a wonderful surprise: the scooter she’d asked for!

Watch the video for the big reveal!


Speech therapy can address a wide range of the types of communication problems children with autism experience. Speech therapists help their patients learn skills that will allow them to interact and communicate successfully with others. Methods may include basic training in making sounds, strengthening of muscles used for speech, vocabulary-building, alternate forms of communication, or a combination of these techniques and more.

You can help. Just $15 helps provide speech therapy to a child with autism from a low-income family through National Autism Association’s Helping Hands grant program.

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A. Stout received a Bachelor of Arts in Writing through Grand Valley State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015. In addition to being a passionate autism advocate, she is a member of various fandoms, a study abroad alumna, and an animal lover. She dreams of publishing novels and traveling all over the world someday.