Out and about

Out and about

Days out or a holiday with the family can be fun, but sometimes they turn out to be stressful. Doing your research and planning well ahead can help to make the experience more enjoyable for everyone.

Choosing where to go

Find out if holiday destinations and attractions are autism-friendly before you go and ask if they offer any extra support. Many theme parks offer priority passes for autistic visitors for example, hotels and other venues may have quiet spaces and may cater for specific dietary requirements.

Preparing for the trip

For some autistic people leaving their normal routine and surroundings can be stressful. It can be helpful to involve them as much in planning a trip or holiday as possible and talking about what is going to happen in advance. You could look at brochures together, research the destination on the internet or read travel books, for example.

Think about what aspects of a trip or holiday may cause anxiety for the autistic person and if there are any items you could pack that might help. If an autistic person is sensitive to noise for example, taking ear defenders might help or they may have a special toy or blanket that provides comfort.

Planning travel

If your family needs special assistance when travelling, find out in advance how to access help. Many airports are part of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard scheme, which offers additional support to travellers with hidden disabilities, including autism.

Wearing a sunflower lanyard often allows you to access priority queues or access special areas for disabled people. You may also be able to access extra support on public transport or trains.


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