Traveling with kids can be hard. Traveling with kids who have special needs can be even more challenging! There’s a great trend in the travel industry right now to accommodate all who wish to travel, including those with special needs. As a former School Psychologist, it makes my heart happy to see these companies take amazing steps to make travel easier and more enjoyable for families.
Beaches Resorts offers kids camps staffed with individuals trained in sensory awareness, motor skills, Autism overview, social skills and more! Their kids camps are Certified Autism Centers and they are the first resort company to complete the IBCCES training. The resorts offer a variety of services to families and children with Autism and other special needs including custom dining options to make mealtime more enjoyable for the whole family.
Beaches Resorts also offers professional nannies that are available on a one-to-one basis for your child. Beaches Turks and Caicos as well as Beaches Negril are equipped with ramps and wheelchair accessible lifts throughout the resort and offer ADA accessible rooms.
Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean was the first Autism friendly cruise line and offers a variety of special services for both children and adults with special needs. One of their unique offerings is flexible grouping for kids camps ages 3-11. Rather than requiring children to attend their specific age bracket, you may place your child with a different age group of children based on ability. The kid’s club also offers a toilet-training exception and pagers or phones for parents while their children are attending kid’s club (subject to availability).
Tote bags of Autism friendly toys are available for use in the kid’s club or in your stateroom and are available for pick up at the kid’s club. Priority check-in, boarding, and departure are provided, allowing children with sensory needs to avoid some of the loud, noisy aspects of cruising that can be overwhelming and overstimulating. Autism friendly films are available on Oasis class ships with five or more individuals with Autism on board (check your daily program for times/location). During these films, talking and moving around freely are encouraged and lighting and volume are both modified.
Special “Staffed Cruises” by Autism on the Seas offers additional services like respite services, special activities, and additional staffing.
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