5 Autism Travel Tips With Fathering Autism

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everybody copy with David good to see you hello today I have ASA Moss from fathering autism and we're gonna talk about five tips that you can use for traveling with someone with autism yep and stick around at the end because the fifth one is the big one the most important definitely mind blowing an amazing that might be pushing it it's a good tip it helped us it did a lot so much Oleta ASA started off here okay so I got the first one okay so my first tip will be preferred items to bring preferred items along with you on your trip whether it be by plane or by car and obviously by playing you have less room less space did you have a carry-on you know whereas if you're in your car you can like pack everything you know and the kitchen sink with with Abigail you know some of her items are bulky though so we will trim those downs you know Abigail for example has specific blankets that she likes so we'll go look for a smaller version of that same material or that same style blanket same thing with her her sensory toy is like pillows she loves having a pillow to squeeze so we'll bring it to bring a travel pillow instead of a full-size pillow like she uses at home but preferred items help a lot because then once you get to your destination it's not just about travel once you get there and she has that level of comfort because she has things that are familiar to her that's a good tip Thanks so the second tip is you can go out and buy new items for the trip as far as what what like what we did with Brailey there was a we went to a dollar store to check to see if there's anything that's similar like sensory wise that she could use on the trip so we're not spending a ton just for a few days and when you go to a dollar store if something breaks it gets lost while traveling it's not too big of a deal and they have dollar stores everywhere dollar sigue replace it yes so new items it also for braley anyways when she sees a new item that's gonna do something for sensory wise visually or tactile or something like that she'll be interested in it and she'll she'll be playing with it or using it for probably a little bit longer than usual just because it's a new item so that's something that also can be helpful but I think it acts like a reinforcer also you know it's like hey you know we're doing good on this trip here's another item here's a little gift a little thing to you know if you want to wrap it you could wrap it and be like a president these kids in the presents that's a great idea Thanks what do you got for tip number three so number three would be social stories and not just social stories a lot of you guys probably familiar with a social story if you're not a social story is is basically first we get to the airport and we check in with TSA and then and then we have to go through security and then you know so it gives them like pictures or video and the events as they're going to unfold that way they're familiar with what's going on but also just talking about you know talking you know we tend to like as parents were they like oh is she gonna do okay while we're laying in bed at night you know thinking stressing about about the trip but you know talk about it in front of your child and and have a conversation with your child if you know they're verbal and if not don't assume that they don't understand David said that earlier you know and a lot of times we assume that Abigail may not understand what we're talking about but we were showing her videos before we left of getting on a plane and then we even showed like our video the last time that we flew and she got all excited about it so I think that made things helped her to understand like okay this is what we're doing nothing that helped on our side too we did the social story she paid attention to it like when we're showing her age card and I think that did help with her she might not understand every word we say but visually she's seeing something that's gonna be happening so when she sees that in her actual environment she's like okay I can be comfortable with this I know what to expect because I've seen this before right absolutely okay you got tip number four for us yes tip number four I'm scared downtime on your vacation so our example would be when we the first day we got here we made sure to make it make it so that we're not doing so many things on our first day keep the transitions limited just because we just had a full travel travel day there's there can be a lot of transitions while traveling it gave our girls a chance to get sensory regulated feel a little better about the new environment and get used to that's what we're doing is what we're staying yeah yeah yeah as the vacation went along it can be like planning for Brailey for instance we planned a day where we're gonna go to a low-key beach and let her just play with sand because that is a sensory regulating tool for her just something for her you know just when we're on vacation we can get stuck in like we're gonna go do this we're gonna go do that we're gonna make okay we want to see all the faces yeah but we want to make sure we just we scheduling breaks that can go a long way with staying regulated for sure you know when we've done it before we've done too much early on so then towards the end of the trip you know it just it's not as fun because you know abigail is done she's like I've I've gone and gone and gone I just want to go home and that may happen anyway but I think it I think it makes that a little bit easier you know it doesn't that doesn't come up as often now because we do schedule in time like you know since we've been here we've been doing things in the afternoon allowing them to get adjusted get their breakfast get their day going you know get the sensory input that they need things like that number five and the most important one the biggest one the one that we're like ding lightbulb went off we felt super smart about it even though financially it made sense and then we're like holy crap this was genius so we're at a Airbnb instead of a hotel state of hotels in the past hotels are significantly more difficult and I think what a lot of that has to do with is you don't have a place to escape to like it doesn't feel anything like home it feels like a hotel I'm so stressful for the child right in you know in our own space to escape – because it's most hotels are one room whereas here like you guys have a room and a Navi has a room and we have a room and then on top of that it's less stress for the parents because we don't have to worry about Abigail banging on walls or yelling or things like that we don't to worry about the people on either side the visitor above us or below us because we're in a house in a neighborhood and then you know cost-wise you would think that it'd be more expensive but but really like if it is it's only it's not even significant it's a small amount more a lot of times you can find Airbnb for the same price you can a hotel in in most places so the Airbnb has been awesome like we couldn't ask for anything more than this been great I completely agree with that these are five tips that can help you through a vacation like I think everybody deserves a vacation yeah I think that no matter what your situation and don't feel like you can't do it right there's been times before before in Florida our very first vacation I thought about like is this even a really good idea right it's it's definitely worth it and both of our kids are prone to meltdowns they're prone to a sensory overload there you know so we get it like we we totally get it and and you can do it I mean it's you with the planning and the tools in place you can make it happen and enjoy a vacation and not just you but your child as well and if it's money money related I think a big part of it is just saving up like making a plan and going for it yeah even if it's just five dollars a week eventually that will build up right and don't you know you don't have to have an extravagant vacation and that may even help by easing into it you know do like do like an overnight thing somewhere just go somewhere and stay for a night see one attraction come back home that may be an easy way to you know a better way to ease into it for your child as well I hope this helps you guys out and we will see you later but thanks for joining David David's editing right now has a video look David it's looking awesome and I really hope this helps people be more comfortable taking vacations with their with their kids with autism with their significant others or really anybody with special needs I think the more the more that we get out there the more that we get out in the public the more acceptance and awareness we're gonna spread and our everybody's gonna grow up in a more accepting world that would be amazing morning welcome to copy with David Cheers great ASA from fathering autism and we're today we're gonna talk about five tips that you can use for traveling when traveling with someone oh I'm doing again we're gonna today we're gonna talk about five tips of today we're gonna talk about five tips of how you can five tips for traveling with someone on the spectrum with autism that was weird but that'll work it's a good tip it helped us it did a lot so much it's been fun lots of fun but they need things like that yeah it's good input okay that's good


FatheringAutism · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Good times, good times. Thanks for putting this together. Turned out great!

Cassie Dunn · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

I love this video! Thanks so much!

Dawn Louis-Jean · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

This was really good. I like having both of your points of view. Kudos David and Asa!

Tammy Lowe · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Awesome….helpful…insightful…and big smiles….thank you!

celeste carver · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

We don’t have anyone in our family with autism but these are great tips for anyone traveling with children! My parents have 4 daughters, 14 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Every 4 years we take a week long DisneyWorld vacation and we used to try to do a different park everyday. We learned real quick is was too much for the kids. Now we do one park then a day at our vacation house and next day a park and so on. It’s so much easier and we feel a little less murderous πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

emma kidd · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Great tips, hopefully people will find them useful. Illness and injury has caused my to cancel pretty much any plans I had to get away this year…boo hiss…and with the Β£ sliding into the toilet I doubt I will be able to afford it next year either…oh well, staycation it is…thank Loki I live near the beach! πŸ˜‰
David "Today we're gonna talk about 5 tips that you can use for travelling, when travelling with someone *laughs * "Today we're gonna talk about 5 tips…er…Today we're gonna talk about 5 tips of how you can *I stuffed it up again sigh *…5 tips for travelling with someone on the spectrum with Autism…that was weird, but that'll work" *chugs coffee*….Me "So that's like…20 tips?…right?!" πŸ˜‰

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Denise Espinoza · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Great video we have rented a hotel n tried Airbnb but my son doesn’t handle new environments very well Iv tried bringing a blanket from home or pillow but it’s still overwhelming for him any tips?

Sara Keith · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Helpful hints!! I love seeing you two together!! Thanks David!! Have a great weekend with your family!!

PotatoQueen1989 · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

I don't have kids but found this super useful, i have anxiety and some of these tips i can use, i'm prone to having panic attacks in new places or panic attacks because i worry about having them when i go somewhere new, i will definitely be using some of these on our next vacation, thank you for posting β™₯

MAMA DEE REACTS · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Where do you get the cards made? Do you laminate them yourselves?

Dawn O'Neill · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

This is fantastic 😊 do you use social story for doctor or hospital visits? I struggle with my son stressing out and getting very upset when we go to the doctor when he is sick or hospital visits, I get very stressed and have to get his dad to take time off work to come with me to appointments just because his dad can hold him tighter if he is getting his throat or ears checked.

Bobbi Monn · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

awesome tips.. love this. you both are a great family with great tips and you are advocating for Autism and much more.. Thank you the Wee family and FatherAustism for what you do…. I enjoy you guys.. and Abigail and "B" are so sweet and awesome..

Xanthe Bluett · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

You two are hilarious together, more working together please πŸ’œβ€οΈπŸ’œβ€οΈ

Slynn B · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Great tips! Thank you for sharingπŸ’–

Jannet pinheiro · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

You guys are so awesome! Just sharing with us traveling tips, even for high anxiety person! You guys rule! Come to the Bay Area! Next trip northern Cali!

Natasha Okah · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

great travel advice! Air B and B/ home away really a game changer for a lot of families

kelly grundhofer · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Abbie in the background at 8:40. ❀️❀️❀️❀️

Priscilla Maass · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Great tips guys.

Neil K · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Tip #5 was genius!

FYI: when we went to WDW we discovered that the Timberland Campgrounds had "cabins" that had the same effect as renting a house. We would drive off Disney Property and stock the kitchenette with breakfast and lunch items and save some $$$ by not buying as much food in the parks.

24maggz · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

You two together are the best makes me laugh every time! Great video!

CAITLIN Yates · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Love the tips!!

SotaKidstv · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Great information! Happy travels! Big thumbs up!

katherinethenormal48 · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

AirBnB is a great idea, thanks for that, I never thought about holidaying that way before.

FriskyFlores · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

I LOVE the collaboration videos!!! 🧩❀️🧩
Thank you for being an advocate!!

Jana Leonard · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Great tips! Our son is doing so much better on vacations. We stay at condos now and it really helps having private space and it's more like a home!

Patrick Flores · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

6 more to go for 10k subs! πŸ™‚

Amy Hall · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

β™₯️ ya guys πŸ’— these are great tips for all a glimpse and giggle of the GALS so glad @FatheringAutsim shared to 1st visit so long ago
Ok a yr and a half 🀣

Brandy irizarry - blymier · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Almost 10,000subs!!

Tammie Sharp · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Those airport social story cards are amazing!!! Where did you get them??
I work at a preschool for children with autism and those cards literally so perfect for the little ones πŸ₯°πŸ’–

debra marquez · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Yes my 2 favorite families πŸ‘ŒπŸ’™

IRL Hills · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Good tips that work
I never actually knew what an Airbnb was exactly

Jan Kuso · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Hey I really enjoyed this clip. My family are due for a holiday. Great video gents πŸ‘πŸΎ & bloopers πŸ˜‚

Yvonne Johnson · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Great tips, thank you for sharing

Brandi Napier · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

2 of my favs! Love your families 🧑

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stephine thompson · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Hahaha the bloopers. Thanks for the tips

Caged · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

This tips could be applied to anyone traveling with kids….or anyone traveling in general.

Jill Harris Turner · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

We are pretty good about scheduling down time. And I LOVE the idea of an air bnb. More like ”home.” our guy would love that. And if there is a melt down, it would be so much better at a house than at a hotel room!

Kaylene Harris · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Thankyou so much for this, we are about to leave in 30mins, so this video came at the perfect time. It gave me a last minute check and peace of mind before leaving. πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Sherry Swearingen · July 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Great tips for traveling with Austim kids or adults . Lmao bloopers David ……..Great video as well πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ™ƒ no close caption I know it’s hard for you tubers to do but it really helps us deaf ppl

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