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Autism and ADHD

In-Room Childcare for Special Needs Kids

One of the few disappointments we had with our family trip to Walt Disney World last September was that Bill and I missed out on a lot of the more grown-up activities and events. The kids were too young to be on their own, and we didn’t really investigate Disney’s in-room childcare or activity centers. Honestly, outside of close family, we’ve had trouble finding sitters that really worked well with our kids. The average high school or college kid gets overwhelmed fast when faced with four young kids – then add the fact that two of them have autism spectrum disorders and don’t always react to situations as you’d expect, and things don’t always go well. Recently, I spoke with a representative of Kid’s Nite Out, Inc., the official childcare provider for Disney resorts, about their ability to handle kids with autism. What I found out surprised me: they have...
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Autism and ADHD

Autism Service Dogs at Disney World

Many families find that service and therapy dogs are an invaluable tool for helping children with autism cope with sensory overload, transitions between activities, and basic tasks. More importantly, an autism service dog can be an important safety tool. Many children with autism will wander away or even bolt into a crowd or a busy street. We do not have an official service dog for our sons (although we hope to adopt one soon!), but we have found that our family dog Buddy has a unique relationship with Patrick. When Patrick melts down, Buddy can pull him out of it – often when no one else can. Patrick can lie down on the floor with Buddy and our normally high-energy dog instantly calms and cuddles. He seems to know what Patrick needs. I know that having his dog at his side would make some of the challenges of travelling,...
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Autism and ADHD

Character Dining with Autistic Kids

Character dining is one of the most memorable activities offered at Disney resorts, but for children with autism, the experience can be stressful and overwhelming. Many autistic kids, including ours, also have sensory processing or sensory integration disorder. Simply put, they are either over- or under-sensitive to sensory input – sounds, visual stimulation, touch, even scents can be overwhelming. We attended two character dining events during our first trip to Disney World. Our first character dining experience was the safari breakfast at Tusker House in Animal Kingdom.   It was a very calm, relatively orderly affair — maybe because it was early in the morning! Everyone enjoyed the experience, although we did learn that our little Princess has a deathly fear of Goofy. Donald got a big kiss though! Our second character dining experience was completely the opposite. We went to Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort. The theme for...
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Vacation Planning

How Many Pairs of Shoes Do You Need?!?

Two, at least. I’m not a big shoe person. Yeah, I know, a lot of women like them. I’d personally be happier if they didn’t exist (don’t even get me started on high heels!). I’m a confirmed barefoot kind of girl. You want at least two pairs of comfortable, nicely worn-in shoes to go to Disney World. I started the trip with my favorite sandals – the ones I’ve worn every summer for the past….five?….years. By the end of day two, I had blisters. Luckily, I had tossed a pair of flats in my suitcase for the night we would eat dinner at Tutto Italia Ristorante. They rubbed too, but at least they rubbed differently!   Pin It
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