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Airport Security Tips For Families With Autism

Due to the ever-changing airport regulations, many travelers find it difficult to know what to expect from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airport security checkpoints on any given day. Even more confusing is the fact that the checks vary from airport to airport, some done with body scanners while others still use the… Read More

Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport with Kids

Named after Israel’s first Prime Minister, Ben Gurion is the largest airport in Israel. It is an international airport and has provided services to over 15 million passengers in the last year. It has been in existence since 1936 with many upgrades and improvements since; the most recent one being in 2004 when terminal three… Read More

Minneapolis St Paul’s Airport Navigating Autism Program

In the last few years, many airlines and airports have introduced mock flights for families who wish to expose their child with autism to the concept of flying in a real aircraft. Though I’m  happy to hear of new autism-friendly programs as a whole; I’m a bit peeved that some organizations are trying to make… Read More

Tips to Avoid Airport Meltdowns for Travelers with Autism

 Part of successfully traveling with autism is the ability of the caregivers to foresee and prepare for those scenarios that can trigger those dreaded meltdowns. Here are tips to avoid airport meltdowns that we have compiled over the years based on our past incidents. Meltdowns due to flight delays #Try to book direct early morning… Read More

Occupying the Kids when Stranded at the Airport

When faced with a long-scheduled layover or an unexpected flight delay, travelers with autism, more than any other category of travelers can become increasingly agitated and apprehensive, requiring a plethora of activities to keep them busy and entertained. Parents wishing to avoid the extra stress and occupy their kids if stranded at an airport should… Read More

Top Ten Clothing Tips when Traveling with Autism

Dressing a child with autism and sensory issues is not easy at the best of times, but preparing them for travel can be a campaign in itself. The problem arises when we expect children to step out of their personal comfort zone and wear unfamiliar items either due to different climates, cultural dress code or other… Read More

Q&A with Lisa Domican of Grace App

Why did you decide to create the Grace App? I discovered that picture exchange communication was the best way to prompt and reward independent communication for both my children with Autism. I could observe their interests and needs, then create a picture with which I could prompt them to communicate their wishes and get the… Read More

Surviving Sequestration When Traveling With Kids

Several parents to kids with autism have approached me this week asking for tips to help them navigate the sequestration chaos. As the NY times article points out; delays can vary anywhere from 10-50 minutes depending on the airport. What is clear is that these delays will persist (unless the crisis is solved)  as summer travel peaks in… Read More

Q&A with Laurie Robinson Autism Mom

“She likes to start packing her things early before the trip .She always brings her her teddy bear with her on the plane .”   Hi, my name is Laurie, and I’m the mother of three teens, Avery 18 and Alyssa 16 and Ayden 14. Alyssa, my middle Child, was diagnosed with autism and bipolar… Read More

Traveling with Autism and the TSA

    We consistently hear about nightmares that people suffer at the hands of the TSA. But I want people to keep something in mind; thousands if not millions of people travel on a daily basis, and these intrusive incidents are few and far between. A lot of it has to do being adequately prepared… Read More

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