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Keeping Your Child Safe: Strategies for Kids Who Wander and Don’t Understand Danger

By Jackie Nunes, Wondermoms.org Once a child becomes mobile most parents invest significant effort into childproofing their homes. They watch their little ones like hawks from the time they can roll over and scooch through the crazy days of toddlerhood. But by the time their kids reach kindergarten, many parents can breathe a little bit (Read more...)

Managing Expectations When Traveling

Contributed by: Melissa A. Rowan – Certified Autism Travel Professional, Travel Consultant | Make Incredible Memories Travel  Children giggling and whispering contentedly in the backseat of the car with nary an argument.  Cherubic children sleeping peacefully in their beds – where they went without a fuss –  after a full day of sightseeing.  A day in the (Read more...)

Our Scuba Adventure on the Spectrum

By Dr. Chris O’Shea Just over a year ago Sebastian had his first introduction to scuba diving at Beaches Ocho Rios. Sebastian has wanted to scuba dive since he was about three. His success with the ‘Bubblemaker’ introduction was largely due to the support of the Beaches staff. All of this has been covered in (Read more...)

Zoo Miami Earns Certified Autism Center Designation

Zoo Miami is the first zoo in Florida to earn the designation Zoo Miami is making a commitment to ensure all visitors, even those with sensory needs or on the autism spectrum, have an amazing experience. As part of this commitment, the Zoo recently earned the Certified Autism Center designation, which is awarded by the (Read more...)

Keeping Your Child Safe: Strategies for Kids Who Wander and Don’t Understand Danger

By Jackie Nunes, Wondermoms.org Once a child becomes mobile most parents invest significant effort into childproofing their homes. They watch their little ones like hawks from the time they can roll over and scooch through the crazy days of toddlerhood. But by the time their kids reach kindergarten, many parents can breathe a little bit (Read more...)

Georgia Aquarium Becomes First Aquarium Designated as a Certified Autism Center

Georgia Aquarium is the latest destination – and the first aquarium – to become a Certified Autism Center (CAC). The CAC designation, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), means that visitors and families with children who have autism and other sensory disorders can enjoy the best possible experience that (Read more...)

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The premiere destinations listed below have earned the Certified Autism Center™ designation based on their successful completion of the internationally recognized CAC program through IBCCES. Each of these destinations have completed extensive training from leading autism experts in the world and have designed specialized programs for guests with autism and other sensory disorders. These organizations have clearly distinguished themselves from others in their industry by their commitment to providing a better experience for ALL guests. Only the best of the best have achieved the CAC designation, which allows parents and guests with cognitive disorders to have peace of mind and confidence before they even arrive.

IBCCES is the global leader in training and certification programs that help organizations better serve guests and clients with cognitive disorders, including autism, sensory disorders, and other, sometimes invisible, disorders and disabilities. We work to create inclusion and acceptance for these individuals with research-based training and certification programs designed for a variety of industries.


Beaches Resorts® – Turks and Caicos

Dive into a one-of-a-kind, unbelievably exciting all-inclusive Turks & Caicos vacation for the whole family. A 45,000 square-foot safe and secure waterpark; four magnificent villages with special sensory accommodations, boasting the architecture and ambiance of Italy, France, the Caribbean and Key West and a 12-mile beach lapped by comforting clear turquoise waters; (Read more…) endless fun activities and sensory friendly excursions for everyone, from tots to tweens and teens.  This resort features Sesame Street characters including “Julia”, the newest addition to the team who has Autism, the new Xbox Play Lounge and a sizzlin’ teen disco, Liquid at Beaches – all located on one of the worlds best beaches. Special sensory friendly areas will be designated in the resort for children and families needing a little retreat from the excitement.  Staff at this resort has been nationally Certified by IBCCES standards in autism training.


Zoo Miami

As one of the world’s greatest zoos, Zoo Miami offers many opportunities to connect with wildlife. Guests can feed giraffes, camels, parrots, the highly endangered rhino and even the ancient Galapagos tortoise. Whether you explore the zoo by cycle, foot or monorail, you can always learn something and make long-lasting memories at Zoo Miami.


Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium is a leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Atlanta, Ga. that is Humane Certified by American Humane and accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Georgia Aquarium is committed to working on behalf of all marine life through education, preservation, exceptional animal care, and research across the globe. (Read more…) Georgia Aquarium continues its mission each day to inspire, educate, and entertain its millions of guests about the aquatic biodiversity throughout the world through its hundreds of exhibits and tens of thousands of animals across its seven major galleries. For more information, visit GeorgiaAquarium.org.


Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa

Located in Ponte Vedra Beach, midway between St. Augustine and Jacksonville, Florida, our resort offers something for everyone. From a pristine and private beach to world class golf and spa, Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa is the perfect getaway for both business and pleasure. We offer a wide array of spacious rooms and villas with special touches and plenty of space.(Read more…) Families and couples can take advantage of our multiple pools, SurfStream wave pool, beach activities, spa, fitness center and 6 restaurants and lounges. Hop on our complimentary shuttle for a quick ride over to our private beach club, where you’ll find stunning Ponte Vedra beach. Whether joining us for vacation, business, or a little of both, we look forward to welcoming you to our resort. Visit our site for more information or to book a stay with us!



The world’s first Certified Autism Center for vacation rental homes, in top destinations throughout the U.S. Experience the privacy, calm and sense of security that can only be found in a home. VillaKey offers a hand-picked selection of autism-certified vacation homes. We select destinations that are near family-friendly and autism-friendly attractions including a wide selection of homes in Orlando. (Read more…) Each home features sensory-friendly décor, door chimes for security, fragrance-free cleaning products, and full kitchens for special diets. Service pets are welcome in the homes. Not sure how to prepare for a trip? Visit VillaKey, scroll down to download our TRAVEL CHECKLIST and start getting ready to make memories. Experience one family’s VillaKey visit in our VIDEO and visit often, as we are constantly adding new destinations!


Children’s Museum of Houston

“America’s No. 1 Children’s Museum” by Parents Magazine, listed among Forbes, LA Times and USA Today’s “Best Children’s Museums in the U.S.,” winner of Houston A-List “Best Museum,” Kids Out and About “Top 20 Places to Take Kids in Houston,” The Culture Trip’s “Top Local Favorite” and one of “Houston’s Must See Museums” by Travel Channel, the (Read more…) Children’s Museum of Houston is a Playground for Your Mind™. It is dedicated to transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning with a vision to spark a passion for lifelong learning in all children. Founded in 1980 and housed in a whimsical building designed by internationally acclaimed architect Robert Venturi, the Children’s Museum of Houston offers a multitude of innovative exhibits and bilingual learning programs for kids ages birth to 12 years. The Museum serves more than 1,100,000 people annually and operates as a 501(c)(3) under the direction of a Board of Directors. For more information, please visit cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138. Can your mind come out to play?™.


Colebrookdale Railroad

The Colebrookdale Railroad connects two counties, two boroughs, and thousands of people along a right-of-way with a storied past and vast potential for the future. The Colebrookdale is perfect for a day trip where you will get white-glove service during your ride in our beautifully restored coaches make the expedition unlike anything else in the nation. Enjoy (Read more…) a delicious meal in our Dining Car, a relaxed ride in our elegant Coach, a drink in our luxurious first-class Parlor Car, or take in the scenery from our Open Car. We are open year-round and offer special seasonal events. Visit colebrookdalerailroad.com for more.


Reading Public Museum

The Reading Public Museum, Arboretum, and Neag Planetarium is a unique experience for the entire family! With ever-changing hands-on exhibitions and planetarium shows, there is always something new to be discovered. The Museum offers sensory mornings from 9-11 a.m. the first Monday and following Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted. Special arrangements (Read more…) can also be made for the Neag Planetarium or Museum if requested in advance. Please see readingpublicmuseum.org for more.



Bouncetown is a 10,000 sq ft indoor family entertainment center featuring giant inflatables climbing structures & batting cages. We are an inclusive, no judgement center where all are welcome. We specialize in private parties, field trips, fundraisers, playdates, space rentals, special events for both children and adults. Visit bouncetowninc.com to learn more.


Dolphin Cove Ochos Rios

Proud to be a certified and socially responsible company, Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios by Dolphin Discovery is the # 1 company where you can live the dream of swimming with dolphins while enjoying the breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea. Discover incredible ways to connect with nature, uncover the world of these marine mammals and live an unforgettable experience for the whole family. Visit dolphincoveja.com to learn more.


Space Center Houston

Come see the Real Thing at Space Center Houston, a nonprofit science and space exploration learning center and the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. The center offers more than 400 things to see and do and strives to be accepting and accessible to guests with autism spectrum disorder and other cognitive challenges. Sensory Friendly Evenings feature reduced lights, sounds and (Read more…) crowds. Space Center University for the visually impaired and other events are designed to provide quality learning experiences for guests with special needs. Guests can check out sensory friendly backpacks, which have sound-cancelling headphones, sunglasses, a fun space book and other sensory items. Visit spacecenter.org to learn more.


Santa Barbara Zoo

Known as one of the world’s most beautiful zoos, the Santa Barbara Zoo has 30 acres of botanic gardens overlooking the Pacific Ocean. More than 500 animals on view include Asian elephants, snow leopards, Humboldt penguins, Masai giraffes, white-handed gibbons, and highly endangered California condors, among others. The Zoo now offers dedicated quiet spaces and (Read more…) provides sensory backpacks to guests on the spectrum or with sensory needs. Visit sbzoo.org to learn more!


Elmwood Park Zoo

Elmwood Park Zoo features over 100 exotic and endangered species spread over 16 acres, and is a perfect destination for families seeking a fun and educational experience. Hand feed giant giraffes, take a ride on the wildlife carousel, and even zip through the trees at the zoo’s Treetop Adventures ropes course. Visit the new Trail of the Jaguar exhibit and come face to face with the majestic spotted cats that once ruled the American Southwest. (Read more…) Elmwood Park Zoo offers free parking, and is located in an idyllic suburban location only minutes from major highways and public transportation. Plan your trip today by visiting elmwoodparkzoo.org.


Sesame Place – Philadelphia, PA

NEW IN SPRING 2018 at Sesame Place® is our biggest, most exciting roller coaster ever – Oscar’s Wacky Taxi™! Our new wooden-steel hybrid roller coaster will take pint-sized thrill-seekers and their families on a crazy, curvy taxi cab ride, with everyone’s favorite grouch at the helm. So before little kids become big kids, go before they grow® to the nation’s only theme park based entirely on Sesame Street®. For more information, visit www.sesameplace.com.


Sheraton Park Anaheim – Anaheim, CA

Surrounded by world-famous Disneyland® theme parks, shopping, dining and entertainment, Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort is at the heart of the best things to do in Southern California.
Our hotel has proudly partnered with our local Autism community to focus on key ways our trained staff can ensure a fun, safe and memorable experience for all of our travelers. (Read more…) We are delighted to partner with you on special requests and will be reaching out to you prior to you your arrival to go over ways we can help.
As a Disneyland® family hotel, we offer a comfortable and inviting space for your family’s vacation or business trip. With you in mind, we’ve transformed our hotel with a multi-million dollar renovation to offer a space that’s perfect for your cast of characters. While you are here, relax amongst our tropical surroundings while enjoying a host of amenities in one of our 490 refreshed guest rooms.
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Beaches Resorts® – Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Voted among the Top 10 Best Beach Resorts by Parents magazine. Twenty-two acres of lush tropical gardens, a gorgeous private white-sand beach, 6 gourmet restaurants featuring a wide variety of food options, 3 fantastic safe and secure swimming pools, a dedicated scuba practice pool and an entire ocean of watersports are just a few of the places and things to explore. (Read more…) Plus, only at Beaches Ocho Rios, families can meet Oscar, the resident Grouch from Sesame Street®, and participate in the From Trash to Treasure activity and join in at Oscar’s Sing-A-Long pre-show… all part of the Beaches Resorts’ Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street®. With the arrival of “Julia” the newest member of the characters who has Autism, every child and family is sure to feel welcomed and enjoy their stay!  Staff at this resort has been nationally Certified by IBCCES standards in autism training.


Georgia Aquarium – Atlanta, GA

Georgia Aquarium is a leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Atlanta, Ga. that is Humane Certified by American Humane and accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Georgia Aquarium is committed to working on behalf of all marine life through education, preservation, exceptional animal care, and research across the globe.


Grand Palladium Bávaro Suites Resort & Spa

Located in their Punta Cana Resorts complex, you’ll find the Grand Palladium Bávaro Suites Resort & Spa, named after one of the most famous beaches on the east coast of Quisqueya. The island’s beautiful tropical landscape provides the perfect harmony for the soundtrack of this paradisiacal haven: the murmur of waves crashing on fine white sands that cover a stunning (Read more…) 1 km long beach. Surrounded by some impressive palm trees and sumptuous vegetation, this Resort shares a great selection of restaurants, bars and entertainment and sports options with the Grand Palladium Palace Resort Spa & Casino and the Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa. The Grand Palladium Resort Complex in Punta Cana has new facilities bringing together the Mini Club (children from 4 to 12 years) and the Baby Club (children from 1 to 3 years) in one place so that families, and particularly children, can enjoy a wide range of open-air activities during the day and the night. Along with the entire staff at Bavaro, the children’s centre staff is committed to accommodating children on the autism spectrum by receiving training & certification through IBCCES.


St. Augustine Pirate Museum – St. Augustine, FL

The St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum offers an exciting and educational museum experience that transports you and your family back in time over 300 years to Port Royal, Jamaica, at the height of the Golden Age of Piracy. With options for less stimulating retreats throughout the tour and interactive touch screen activities to engage those who like that virtual experience, the ST. Augustine Pirate museum has it all! (Read more…)One of our most popular features is the Discovery Drawers marked with a skull and crossbones and hidden throughout the museum. Consider it your own personal treasure hunt. The prize? Pirate history! Can YOU find them all?


Beaches Resorts® – Negril, Jamaica

Get ready to embrace the laid-back spirit at this low-rise resort perched along Jamaica’s famed Seven Mile Beach. From the moment you enter the open-air lobby you’ll be caught up by fresh ocean breezes and the vibrant colors of the West Indies. Bringing the outside in, this all-inclusive resort and spa in Negril, Jamaica is always open to the breathtaking beauty of the tropics. (Read more…) The vibe here is totally carefree and about spending time with those you love. The feeling of safety and security here is second to none. Certified trained staff in many areas including Autism will give you that piece of mind throughout your entire stay! Special sensory friendly areas will be designated in the resort for children and families needing a little retreat from the excitement.


Colonial Quarters Tour – St. Augustine, FL

Take an immersive, captivating journey through centuries of St. Augustine’s rich history, brought to breathtaking life at the Colonial Quarter—the revitalized two-acre signature attraction in the heart of the downtown historic district. Experience the Nation’s Oldest City like never before with an Historical Adventure Tour that immerses you in the sights, sounds and smells of three centuries. You can also climb to the top of a 17th century watchtower (Read more…) replica, dine on classic Pub fare and Spanish Tapas and more!
Join us daily for our guided Historic Adventure tours and self-guided exploration—included in your admission ticket—as you journey through centuries of St. Augustine’s rich history right in the heart of the downtown historic district.


Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana

Located on the golden sands of Uvero Alto beach in the Dominican Republic, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana has re-imagined the art of hospitality to deliver delightful twists including surprise slimings and unexpected visits from your favorite Nickelodeon characters. Combined with world-class dining, sleek modern design and innovative amenities, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana offers an unforgettable getaway for Nickelodeon fans and luxe resort lovers alike. For more information, visit nickresortpuntacana.com.


EdVenture – Columbia, SC

South Carolina’s most recent museum to become a Certified Autism Center! The South’s largest children’s museum is the home of Eddie, the world’s largest child, along with 300 exhibits to inspire children to experience the joy of learning. Where else but EdVenture can children talk to a skeleton, drive a real fire truck, become a veterinarian for the day or visit another country. (Read more…) EdVenture is a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to creating new generations of lifelong learners through museum experiences, afterschool programming and camps. Helping shape a new generation of people who love to learn is at the core of all we do. In fact, our mission is to inspire children, youth and the adults who care about them to experience the joy of learning as individuals, as families and as a community.

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More holiday travel tips

The holiday season is upon us, and this usually means travel plans. If you are a parent traveling with children, this can be stressful. If you are a parent traveling with a child with special needs such as Autism, a family’s stress level can be magnified. Here are a few tips to help families traveling with children who have special needs: (Read more…)

Travel Tips from TSA

I am writing to share some important tips to help you better prepare for security screening at our Nation’s airport screening checkpoints for the 2017 holiday traveling season. Wait times and long lines are expected to increase as more people travel during the holidays. With this in mind, the following tips may help you better prepare for screening: (Read more…)

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Creating Your Sensory Travel Toolkit

Traveling with any child can be a challenging experience, but traveling with a child that has Sensory Processing Disorder or Autism can be especially trying for parents. Children with Sensory Processing issues can be overly-sensitive to sights, sounds, textures, flavors, smells and other sensory input. (Read more…)

“You’re not treated as guests, you’re treated as family.”

We are recently back from another family trip to Beaches Ocho Rios. We were aware of the recent IBCCES certification of the resort and were curious as to how this would affect our trip. The staff was wonderful as always. As returning guests, we were welcomed as soon as our van stopped. (Read more…)

My Special Boy With Needs

We are a blended family of five. I am a step-mom, adopted mom and a birth mom. My adopted son has sensory issues, anxiety, ADD fetal alcohol, as well as is on the spectrum. He is a wonderful, delightful little boy who doesn’t quite understand his needs. It can be challenging going to the grocery store with him, let alone plan a vacation. (Read more…)

Have Fun: Get Out and Travel

When a child is first diagnosed on the autism spectrum, parents often feel incredibly alone and isolated. This feeling of alienation can impact the family as a whole. It is normal to wonder and not know what is to come. The best antidote to the worry is to find connection in the here and now. Lisa Rudy writes about this in Get Out, Explore, and Have Fun: How Families of Children with Autism or Asperger Syndrome Can Get the Most out of Community Activities. (Read more…)

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The Dreampad is a therapeutic pillow which plays music through gentle vibration. The vibration has a calming effect on the nervous system, and is especially helpful for the hyper-arousal and anxiety that can accompany autism. Research shows the Dreampad to be effective for falling asleep, staying asleep, and improving daytime behavior. (Read more…)

I AM Unik Personalized eBook

This personalized book about Autism and ADHD is published electronically, that way you can easily distribute your book to all the people you want to read it. The e-book is locked with a password, which gives you control over who can access it. Would you like to see an example of what the e-book looks like? (Read more…)


Personalize the Twiddle Nathan with the user’s own favorite fidgets. Ideal for home, therapy clinics, and ”safe spaces” at school and other group settings. Lightly-weighted Twiddle Nathan helps youngsters find that “just-right zone” for maintaining attention and appropriate behavior for tasks and activities—and assists in developing fine motor control and skills, and improving strength and dexterity. (Read more…)

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Our goal with Autism Travel is to help leading travel destinations create safe, sensory friendly certified travel options for parents and individuals on the spectrum. Autism travel also provides parents with a community to share ideas, plan trips with other families, and explore travel options at some of the most beautiful places in the world. (more…)The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), was established in 2001 to meet the training credentialing needs of professionals who work with individuals with special needs and cognitive disorders. IBCCES has since expanded into over 40 different countries with training centers and members across the globe. Every day we train and certify physicians, therapist and teachers on the latest research-proven techniques on how to teach and treat individuals on the spectrum. As a parent of an individual on the spectrum you can be assured that the destinations featured on Autism Travel have completed an in-depth training and certification program that is second to none. The organizations we work with are truly committed to improving the quality of life for both the parents and the individual on the spectrum. (Read more…)

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Our goal with Autism Travel is to help the leading travel destinations in the world create safe, sensory friendly, certified travel options for parents and individuals on the spectrum. Autism Travel also provides parents with a community to share ideas, plan trips with other families, and explore travel options at some of the most beautiful places in the world.
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Another great article from returning guest contributor Dr. Chris O’Shea - "Our Scuba Adventure on the Spectrum" #autismtravel

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IBCCES board member Kerry Magro is spreading holiday cheer in a very special way 😃💚