Services for Traveling with Autism

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You’ve worked on an IEP (Individual Education Plan) and/or an ITP (Individual Transition Plan) and now we’re here to help you with an IVP (Individual Vacation Plan). The good news is that the IVP will be a lot more fun, less bureaucratic and a lot easier to follow.

We start with a free consultation in order to find out about your family’s specific needs and desires.

We ask about the Special Guest. What are their special needs and interests? What are their strengths and their challenges? What are their potential trigger points? What sensory and special diet issues need to be considered ? This enables us to develop their own unique Autism Passport (our document that is loosely based upon the Learner Snapshot by Judy Marks and Brenda Smith-Myles).

We also ask about you and the other family members. What are your dreams and desires for an ideal vacation? What do you want to do with your Respite Time? We look at all of the issues that give you problems in traveling with autism and help you to find the optimal means to resolve them.

Once we know what you need we help with the planning and booking.

Where are you going ? What arrangements need to be made in advance ? We speak directly with the Executive Chef/Food and Beverage Manager at the resort/ship and make sure that they can accommodate special dietary needs including, but not limited to, GFCF. We make sure of the details including room type, bedding requirements and room location.  We will make sure that all of your concerns are addressed before you book so that you can relax and know that you’re going to have a great time.

You can choose to travel with one of our pre-arranged, staffed groups or on your own. Each has advantages.

Staffed Groups

We base our group vacations on cruises with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and our resort stays on visits to Beaches (family resorts by Sandals). Why ? In both cases, they provide the very best in family facilities and, when it comes to going the extra mile in order to assist our special needs guests, they willingly and enthusiastically make any adaptations that are needed.

We provide the specially trained aides to staff each group. They have worked with adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and have been recruited, screened and trained by our Specialist Partners. There are opportunities for respite at various times throughout the cruise/resort stay; during those times, parents can enjoy their own activities.  Our staff provides the care for our special children during these respite times.  There are also some activities (parties, games, movies) that provide respite time as well. There are also times for Family Activities with staff in attendance for further assistance.

We provide a staff ratio in the range of 1:2 – 1:3 depending upon group size and staff availability.

In addition to respite times provided by ASD Staff, the children’s program at Beaches and Royal Caribbean provide opportunities for your children to be cared for by ship/resort staff professionals during the day and evening.  Our staff is on call for additional support and guidance to the ships/resort children’s staff. Even when you are traveling with one of our groups, it’s still your vacation and we customize it just for you.

Note: One of the great things with our group travel is what it can do for typically developing siblings. They get to meet other typically developing children and the ones that they meet here have faced many of the issues that they do.

Individual Family Travel

For those who prefer to travel on their own, we provide Individual Assistance Packages and can provide one, or more, qualified aides to accompany the family, subject to staff availability and, of course, your needs. Individual Family Vacations are not limited to our main partners and can be with a number of cruise lines or resorts.

Whichever way you choose to travel, we provide you with the support that you need while traveling.

This can be by means of some of the tips that we provide in our blog. This can be by making calls to your airline and/or TSA, if flying.  It can be to liaise with your own Therapist or Special Education teacher, if you wish, so that they can create Social Stories or PECS.

Whatever support you need, we are here to provide it with autism-friendly-resorts, autism-friendly-cruises and individual care and assistance. Contact us today and let’s see what we can do to help you.

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