Travel Guide: Family Getaways


Connections with Karen: Preparing for a Vacation With Your Autistic Child
Taking a vacation can be exciting and rejuvenating, but it can also be challenging for some families on the spectrum. Here are some tips to help make your family vacation more manageable, engaging, and fun.

Karen Kaplan, MS

Autism Resources When Traveling
Imagine a way for individuals to find autism resources at US airports. TravelingWiki has done that.

Jonathan Sutter, JD, MBA, BBA

Tips for Summer Trips
Here are some practical tips for your autism family vacation to help you navigate the disruptions and the ultimate change in routine.
Brianna Fitchett, MA, BCBA

Staycation Ideas for Children with Autism
Going on a vacation can be overwhelming for some children with autism. Here are some stay-at-home ideas to make your staycation more enjoyable.
Will Barron, PhD

Autism Around the World: Key Facts
Here are some interesting facts about autism in many countries around the world.
Jeremy Brown

The Power of Music: A Journey from Russia
Read how one musician’s journey to the US led to a career in music and helping autistic individuals find their musical inner voice.
Serg EF

Tips for Successful Field Trips for Autistic Children
Going on a field trip can be stressful for some students. Here are some tips so your child with autism has a successful event.

Cory Morrison

Charting a Course: What to Do After an Autism Diagnosis
If your child has been diagnosed with autism, here are some suggestions for navigating your path with a new perspective.
Brandi Timmons, BCBA

Understanding and Acceptance of Autism in East Asia
Many families in Chinese society have not yet accepted that autism is a lifelong condition with no cure.

Success Story - Diego's Accomplishments
Here is another success story. This one, written by Daniella Mini, a writer and former special education teacher, celebrates her adult autistic son’s strengths and achievements.
Daniella Mini

The Swim Spectrum: Tailoring Techniques for Every Child 
Here is some essential information for parents to provide safety, exploration, and sensory preferences around pools and bodies of water.

Hailee Baer, OTS, and Lacy Wright, OTD, OTR/L, BCP

We All Have a Journey

One mother shares her journey to help her children with autism.

Amanda Ramadan

Finding a Way Through the Meltdown Maze
Here are some strategies to help your child when they are having a meltdown.

Preeja Balan, PhD and Usha Nayar, BEd

ABA Therapy Activities
Here are some ABA activities done in therapy that you can do at home to help your child.
Emily Ransom, MSE

Ask Dr. Malcolm
Dr. Malcolm answers parents’ questions and concerns about their autistic children. You can submit your questions here.

Ronald I. Malcolm, EdD

Autism Warrior - Abstract Art and Autism

Here is how one artist with a late autism diagnosis views her artwork through this new lens.
Francoise Issaly

What’s New on the Bookshelf? Step-By-Step Guide to Learning Independence for Daily Living Skills
This book helps teach about daily living skills and self-care in a step-by-step approach.

Dr. Susan McMillan-Quilantan, PhD

Poetry Corner: Sleep

One mom describes the bedtime routine of her autistic son through poetry.

Mary Kangas

Poetry Corner: He Sleeps Not

Mary Kangas

Dear Readers,

As we head into March, with the start of spring in certain areas of the world, nature reminds us that this is a time of new beginnings. We see the start of life as crocuses and tulips emerge in bursts of color, and animal families such as deer, joined by new members, travel together to find nourishment.

Our theme for this month is “Autism and Travel: Family Getaways” and what better time to think about taking a trip or going somewhere new and different than in this season? Vacation can be a time of relaxation and renewal, or it can be a time for exploration and discovery. Either way, vacation means a change in routine, and helping our children with any kind of change is important. In Karen Kaplan’s column, “Connections With Karen,” she writes about “Preparing for a Vacation With Your Autistic Child” with some helpful advice. It’s also important if traveling by plane to know what resources might be available at each airport. Read Jonathan Sutter’s “Autism Resources When Traveling” to know where to find these.

At this time of year, many schools go on educational day trips that help enhance the curriculum. This might be stressful for some students on the spectrum, but Cory Morrison provides information to help parents and teachers in his article, “Ensuring Successful Field Trips for Autistic Children.”

Some people choose to stay local by taking day trips or even staying at home and having uninterrupted fun as a family. Take a look at Will Barron’s “Staycation Ideas for Children With Autism” for some inspiration. Whether you decide to venture off or stay at home, if you will be near water, safety is key. “The Swim Spectrum: Tailoring Techniques for Every Child,” by Hailee Baer and Lacy Wright, provides some important information to remember when exploring in or around pools and other bodies of water.

Finally, while vacations are supposed to be relaxing, sometimes that change in routine or schedule can cause some upset, especially for children with autism. Preeja Balan and Usha Nayar have written “Finding a Way Through the Meltdown Maze” to provide some strategies to help you and your child if this happens. Additionally, don’t forget to read Dr. Malcolm’s column as he answers questions you might have about your child, as well as our Success Stories as we celebrate the big (or small) accomplishments of our friends on the spectrum. Be sure to write in with your questions or share your child’s successes.

As the earth comes to life with brilliant colors, flowering trees, and animal families bustling about, think about how your family can benefit from a respite or an adventure. In the meantime, stop and smell the roses, crocuses, or whatever bloom you prefer, and don’t forget to enjoy all that our magazine has to offer.

Happy reading!

Sharon Longo
Autism Parenting Magazine