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Autism and ADHD

Disney World with Autistic Kids

10 tips for making Disney magical for your autistic child: Bring small sensory items – a chewy, Wilbarger brush, or headphones if your child uses them. Disney can be loud and visually stimulating on a slow day. Add in large crowds and any child – with or without sensory issues – can get overwhelmed. Being able to duck into a restroom or another quiet spot for a quick brushing helped our kids deal with the sensory overload. Choose your character dining experiences – we went to the safari breakfast at Tusker House and loved it. The character dinner at Chef Mickey’s was too much. Had we known that the theme at Chef Mickey’s was a rock-and-roll party, we would have done something else instead. You can always call ahead and simply ask if there will be loud music, flashing lights, or any other triggers. Ask where the nursing rooms are...
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Could we pull this off?

ocXSqupDpoc We are seriously considering pulling a stunt like this one on the kids. The question is . . . could we actually pull it off? First, that would involve several months of planning without any of them overhearing. Second, I would have to figure out a way to make sure I remember not to send any of the kids out to get the mail, since they would recognize the travel documents. Third, we would have to somehow pack and load the car the night before — after the kids are all asleep, since the boys’ window overlooks the driveway. Finally, we would have to make the all-important decision of when to tell them: That morning (I bet there wouldn’t be any whining about getting dressed!)? After we load them in the car to do “errands?” Or do we cook up some story to explain why we have to...
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Yeah, we need to go back.

This morning after breakfast: “Mama,  I’m Mickey Mouse!” Ok, so that’s cute. Then she proceeded to tell me all about meeting Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Apparently, she remembers all about giving Mickey a kiss and hugging Minnie Mouse at the character dinner at Chef Mickey’s, but she doesn’t like Goofy. So much for that whole “2 year olds have no long-term memory” thing….   Pin It
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Disney Dining

Walt Disney World – Expectations Exceeded

Before we went to Walt Disney World, I made the assumption that it would be a lot like every other theme park I’d ever been to. The glossy marketing photos are beautiful, of course, but the actual place never looks quite as pretty. Except that Disney World does!  I remember riding the monorail, looking out over the lake at the Grand Floridian, and thinking “It really does look like the postcards!” This is a photo I took while we were in Magic Kingdom, because I thought I might want to sketch the most famous castle in the world. And I’ll admit, I insisted on the Deluxe meal plan. I’ve eaten theme park food before, thanks. Greasy burgers and cold fries are not my idea of a good time. I thought if we had three sit-down meals per day, the food might be at least as good as Denny’s, and we...
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