Travel Advice From An Autism Mom
Are you an autism parent who dreams of being able to go on vacation like everyone else?
What if I told you autism travel is possible and can even be fun? This week we talked all things autism travel. Nicole from Magical Storybook Travels is a mom of 3, one with autism, one with SPD & apraxia of speech, and one neurotypical.
Nicole's family has always loved to travel and when her son started to struggle with it they stopped for awhile. Eventually they learned tips and tricks to make travel easier. It was then her family encouraged her to start a travel agency for special needs families. It was then that Magical Storybook Travels was born.
When Nicole started, she built an amazing concept. She made videos to help parents and their kids with special needs. She shows specific parks and lets you know where you can get disability passes and how to use them. Furthermore, she walks you through where to find a place for a break.
My favorite things she does is her social stories made for all parts of pre-trip and trips. She also offers pre-trip counseling and talks to whatever family members need her help. For example, she suggests youtube videos to show them the rides and what to expect.
Nicole answers questions in a way people can understand and process travel plan with their children with autism.
She breaks down all aspects of the trip into parts for those who need it. She encourages the family to plan it out but remember things may not go the way you plan and that is ok too. You need to have manageable expectations and when your child needs to step back and you need to accept that and roll with it.
Lastly Nicole and I got to talk about how she always brings a sensory bag. Did you know that Lakikid has a travel sensory kit? Well we do. It will include Weighted Neck Pillow, Weighted Lap Pad and Fidget Marble Maze. All items to ensure a fun, easy trip or day trip. You can check it out for yourself.