|Posted by Admin on June 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM|
Planning on taking a vacation with someone with autism this summer? Here are a few tips to help things go smoothly.
Keep them in the know. Make sure they know their departure time, arrival time, etc. (My parents gave me what’s called an itinerary, which listed times, class seating, what was available on the plane and more info on the plane trip.)
o It may help to research the place you are staying at, look up the websites about the places you are going…etc. (I took out books from the library, looked at the website, pictures of the rooms in the hotel, so I knew exactly what to expect when I got there.)
o What items can they not be without? (My pillow, my stuffed animal, my laptop, my mp3 player, my meds. I packed most of these in my CARRY on bag so that I wouldn’t lose it in checked baggage.) Start with those items, and pack on from there. (Figured I could add books, DVDs, knitting, for plane ride, and in suitcase I brought extra gifts for people.)
• Have a plan for when things may take a turn for the worse. And make sure that they know this plan ahead of time.
o Will they have the items they need to occupy themselves if there is a wait? (For me, I had my laptop and charger, and my mp3 player and my iPod touch my knitting, books, etc.)
o Will they have a place to go if they get overwhelmed? (A hotel room should be a nice quiet place for me to rest if I need a break. Otherwise I would just find a quiet corner somewhere, or listen to music.)
• Communicate! Communicate with them before, during and when you come back! (I asked my parents what our plans were everyday, told them when I was getting overwhelmed, and when we were in the hotel, we wrote notes for each other so we knew where we all were at all times.)
• Get through security! (Make sure that they know the rules for carry on baggage at your airport. Some things cannot be taken on the plane, and will just be thrown out! Will need to take off shoes, get out laptops, take off any jewelry, empty pockets, and keep moving! Be prepared for them to get overwhelmed. If they do, step aside and let others through, but make sure someone stays with your items! When you get through, try to grab everything and THEN find a quiet place for them to recollect themselves, i.e. put on shoes, jewelry, put things away, etc.)