Going on a holiday
Taking your child on a holiday with the whole family is exciting but can also be confusing and sometimes stressful. You will need extra preparation so that everyone in the family can benefit from the trip.
Here is something that you should pay attention to while planning the trip:
Choose a 'right' destination: choose a place that is suitable for your child. For example, of your child is annoyed by loud noise, pick a room far from the bar where there are usually a lot of people.
Get your child to know the place: give your child some photos/ brochures/ advertisement about the place where you are coming to, so that he/ she won't be shocked or annoyed by the completely new environment. Try to talk and describe everything about the place to your child.
Make a timetable: if your child relies on routine, he or she will feel strange with the sudden change in daily routine when you go on holiday. Thus, you could make a timetable which shows the exact time of each activity in a day, for example what time you will have breakfast, or what time you will go swimming.
Have some Autism-alert cards: if you go abroad, you might want to let others know about your child and his disorder. Make a card with several languages in it and explain that your child is not being naughty, it's because of his disorder that he may be acting like that.
You can read more on this topic on the web site of The National Autistic Society (www.nas.org.uk) There is a lot of information from all sources about autism, and there are also a lot of advice from experts and families that you can learn from.
Green, Gill (2000). "My Child Has Autism - A Parent's Guide". Singapore: Autism Resource Centre (Singapore). Page 2.
Wing, Lorna (1996). "The Autistic Spectrum - A Guide for Parents and Professionals". London: Constable and Company Limited. Pages 17-21.
Happé, Francessa (1994). "Autism - an introduction to psychological theory". London: University College London Press Limited. Pages 7-14.
The National Autistic Society