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Traveling with Autism: How to Handle Safety, Transitions, and Time in Transit.

Publication Year: 
2019
Corporate Author: 
The Zebra
Page Count: 
31

Traveling is a bit more complicated when you have a child on the autism spectrum, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. With some advance planning and a good safety strategy, you can make transitions and time in transit a lot more manageable. Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, affects approximately one out of every 59 children in the United States. Families with kids who are on the autism spectrum often face unique challenges when planning a trip because so many children with autism struggle when out of their regular routines. Yet that does not mean families with children with autism should skip traveling. In fact, traveling can be quite beneficial for the entire family, including the child with autism. Sometimes, travel is necessary in order to seek therapy, specialized care, or to visit out-of-town family. No two children are the same and the accommodations that make traveling easier for your child might be different than what works for someone else. But by anticipating your child’s needs and sensitivities, it is possible to make traveling something your entire family enjoys.