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General Travel Tips
When traveling with a loved one with autism, airports can often be a source of anxiety and stress for both the individual with autism, as well as their families.
Create a Schedule: Create and stick to a schedule. Of course, unexpected things come up sometimes, but doing your best to stay on track will help children know they can rely on the schedule and feel confident in knowing what to expect. Go over the schedule ahead of time so everyone is on the same page and knows what to expect.
Make time for sensory time outs: Having a safe space designated where a child can go if they are having a hard time is important.
Sensory friendly activities: When planning for travel, sensory friendly activities are extremely important to a family with a child with ASD.
Make a go-bag: Fill a bag with pre-established calming tools. Some examples are:
|Noise canceling earmuffs||Favorite toy/stuffed animal|
|Headphones with music/game||Bottled water|
|Fidget toys: silly putty/worry stone||Healthy snacks|
Have an exit strategy: Sometimes, no matter how many strategies you have in place, things to become too overwhelming for someone with sensory issues. Set up a signal (something simple not to cause a scene). If you have on established pre-travel, ensure the staff is aware so they can help if needed.
Security: Your resort should have closed captioned security camera monitored around to clock to help ensure the safety of your child with ASD.
Autism Awareness Cards: It can be frustrating or uncomfortable when people stare or pass judgement on someone we care for who has autism. You can make or purchase autism awareness cards to educate those around you. Below is an example of verbiage to use on an autism awareness card: