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When Natalie Thompson was a child, her resistance to Mass soared beyond the usual toddler or preschooler tantrums spawned of boredom or restriction. Natalie is autistic, and like many with autism, is hypersensitive to various external stimuli. Through Angela Thompson’s advocacy for her daughter and others like her, the archdiocese’s first sensory-friendly Mass—tailored for those with hypersensitivity issues—was celebrated at Mount Saint Francis Center for Spirituality in Mount St. Francis on Aug. 27.

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