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

Five Steps to Lose Weight on a Cruise

As many of you already know, I wholeheartedly recommend cruising as a vacation option for families with special needs children. However, I agree with some critics that the biggest drawback is, in fact, the accessibility and abundance of food on board. Even though for most of us putting on a pound or two probably won’t… Read More

Guide to Cruising with Allergies

One of my readers contacted me this week asking for my tips when traveling with children with autism that also have food allergies. As spring break and summer are fast approaching, I thought I’d share some tips to use for your next cruise or all-inclusive resort stay.    Planning stage Contact your company and ask the… Read More

Which Cruise to Book when Traveling with Autism

  The New Year has finally arrived, and it is time to start planning your family’s travel for the coming spring and summer. You’ve heard all about them and have finally decided to take the proverbial plunge and go on that first family cruise.With so many choices out there: how do you choose a cruise that… Read More

Testing the new TSA ‘Opt Out’ Program

    We flew out of Los Angeles International Airport last week, for our weekend in New Orleans.My husband and two sons, all decided to pass through the scanning machine and were cleared quite fast and efficiently.I decided to try the much talked about ‘OPT OUT’ TSA concept that had caused such a news commotion in the… Read More

Meltdown In The Sky: A Personal Story of Flying with Autism

“An old Romanian joke speaks of a dad sitting on a bench in the park with a unrelentingly screaming baby in his arms whispering, “Ferdinand be calm, Ferdinand be calm.” A well-meaning bystander who witnesses the situation approaches the dad and asks, “Shouldn’t you be trying something different since it’s obvious that whispering is not calming the child?”. “Oh, no,’”… 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

Taking Your Child With Autism On A Bus Trip

Bus travel is finally on the rise in the last few years after many years of dwindling reservations, and for good reason.The new buses are not the old stuffy, uncomfortable vehicles that dominated the seventies and eighties, but new luxurious ones with extra leg space, assigned seating and free Wi-Fi. So assuming your child with autism… Read More

The Autistic Friendly Carnival Legend

  We arrived at Tampa pier at two o’clock, after finding out they started boarding by one.After notifying one of the porters that we are traveling with special needs persons, they called their supervisor immediately, and we received VIP treatment. Aldona, a Carnival superior took us to an air conditioned lounge and took care of… Read More

Cabin Accommodations for Travelers with Autism

For parents of kids with autism, one of the best tips I can give when taking a cruise is to get the kids acclimated to their cabin as fast as possible.The key to doing that is communicating with the cabin steward efficiently and relaying the necessary accommodations to him or her as soon as possible. For… Read More

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