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Are Autism Parents “Cautious Travelers?”

by: Nicole Thibault, CATP – Magical Storybook Travels In 2017, the Family Travel Association (FTA) released a study called, “Learning More About Today’s Modern Traveling Family.” In this study, the Family Travel Association identified three kinds of family travelers: The Hassle-Free Traveler, the Intrepid Traveler, and the Cautious Traveler. The FTA says that the “Cautious (Read more...)

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Submitted by Taveesha Guyton 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 (Read more...)

Sheraton Hotel Latest to Become Certified Autism Center

  Parents with children on the autism spectrum often find vacationing to be a challenge due to sensory needs, dietary restrictions and safety concerns. The Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort is the latest destination to become a Certified Autism Center to help ensure guests and families with children who have autism have the (Read more...)

Creating Your Sensory Travel Toolkit

By: Nicole Thibault, Magical Storybook Travels   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. While parents can regulate the (Read more...)

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

By Dr. Chris O’Shea 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 (Read more...)

My Special Boy With Needs

By Angela Drews-Weaver 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 (Read more...)

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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.

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. (Read more…) 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 1 km long beach. Surrounded by some impressive palm trees and sumptuous vegetation, (Read more…) 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. (Read more…) You can also climb to the top of a 17th century watchtower 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.

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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Dreampad

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…)

Twiddle

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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Excited to share our latest Certified Autism Center, The Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort! #autismtravel