Holidaying with an autistic child

Going on holiday with an autistic child is a big deal. Itโ€™s a big deal for the child too. A small detail often over looked when booking.

Not knowing what it will be like and the loss of familiar routines can have a disastrous effect on anxiety. New sensory experiences like the softness of the pillow and smell of bed sheets can easily be meltdown triggers.

Being a parent often takes back seat to being a carer first and foremost, trying your best to provide reassurance and meet emotional and mental health needs.

Itโ€™s even harder when a parent also has autism, affected in many of the same ways but needing to put aside their own needs to put on a brave face and provide reassurance with absolute confidence and certainty. Even though they wished someone would do the same for them.

Itโ€™s probably not great to say this, but sometimes I wish every family had a disabled child and no grandparents to help, just for a little while to really understand what itโ€™s like. But Iโ€™m sure there are families out there with more severe care needs that feel the same about us.

Iโ€™m obviously exhausted to write such a thing, and I mean no offence to everyone else struggling to do their best.

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