Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger, Down Syndrome, Aniseness, Panic
Anticipate that there will be changes
The habit of following a routine will make it difficult to face changes. When giving new indications, one must be firm and constant since they will not be assimilated immediately.
Make a list of places to visit
As long as there is advance preparation, any place will be good. Aside from our interests, prioritize those that match your accessibility needs.
Visit those places in advance
To see what changes could affect us, locate possible uncomfortable places or situations and prepare everything for when we arrive with the family. Use technology to view virtual tours.
Inquire about special services
Ramps, medical centers and specialized care, rest rooms and everything we need depending on our disability.
See photos and videos ot the place before the trip
This will help us feel calmer when we arrive, since it will be a «known» place.
Choose the best dates and times
Travel in low season and non-peak hours to try to avoid crowds and waiting lines.
No need to go all over the place
It is better that they have small achievements and go slow and relaxed! Ohmmmm…
Try to respect meal and rest times
It is not necessary to change all habits at once. Try to stay without big changes.
a) Novel environments
In particular, the plane is a unique means of transportation and its process is unlike any other. For this reason, going to an airport for the first time can be overwhelming because of this environment.
b) Sensory processing
As previously discussed, airports are extremely sensory stimulating environments and are full of auditory, visual and tactile stimuli.
Queues, being close to other passengers, separating them from their belongings, noise from people and loudspeakers. Ideal in many cases the use of anti-noise hearing protectors, whether they are earphones or simple silicone plugs.
Communication between people can be verbal or non-verbal. In either case People with these specific disorders are characterized by difficulties in communication, either verbal or non-verbal. and this multiplies outside its usual environment. In this case, letters with pictures (Picture Exchange Communication System – PECS), manual blackboards or tablets are especially useful.
The different encounters and relationships that are established during the trip with other people. Many of the tourist activities require socialization at some level: with other tourists, with staff or workers, etc.
e) Availability of information
Sometimes, the lack of information about adapted services is a barrier for the person with disorders and their families. We do not always find timely and specific information to help us.