Travel Tips for our children with Autism

Susan - posted on 05/21/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Ahhh, summer is here and I'm in morning that school is going to be out : ) Many of us will attempt to travel with our children with autism. What are some of your tried and true tips and success stories for your children with autism?

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Bevely - posted on 06/22/2011

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snacks, the nintendo dsi, a few new (used) games, a movie, and some sort of barrier between the brats so they can't even look at each other works best.

Margalit - posted on 06/21/2011

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Come check out my non profit website dedicated to autistic travel www.autisticglobetrotting.com

Cherish - posted on 05/22/2010

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Hi,
I make social stories of things we are doing and places we will stay/visit,so he knows what to expect.
I also have a ID badge that clips onto his clothes that says "I have autism and can not respond verbally,if you find me please call.....

AND I made a few iron ons from my printer,that I iron on some of his clothes,that say the same thing.

As always I take lots of sensory things to calm him.

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Try to bring along a sense of routine. If you don't already, consider making a portable visual schedule so he knows what to expect, or at least write a loose schedule if he's reading. If his passion is at all portable, bring that too. DVDs are often comforting, since he can watch the same thing over and over and know it will remain the same. We always bring along familiar toys and blankets as well.

Susan - posted on 05/21/2010

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my sons with autism are younger so I always make sure I have a printed label on their back that just says, in the event I am lost call: I list my cell phone number and my husband's cell phone number. I always try to explain to our sons where our "safe" place is. I also try to have social stories made for the hard part of traveling, ie, waiting in security lines at the airport, staying in the seat on the airplane, muster drills for cruise ships .. many more to come, want to see some of your ideas.

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