Traveling can be difficult for families with children with autism. According to the CDC, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are developmental disorders caused by differences in the brain. Children with autism often have problems with social communication and interaction and may have different ways of learning, moving and paying attention.
Children with autism are sensitive to smells and loud noises. Social situations can also be difficult and anxiety-inducing for them.
The good news is that resorts are starting to create special programs for children with autism.
Beaches Resorts offers innovative programs for children with special needs. In fact, the facility launched the first autism-friendly children’s camp in the Caribbean.
What does this mean? Staff are trained in several different areas, including sensory perception (we know children with autism can be overwhelmed quickly with too much stimulation).
Staff are also instructed on how to work with children with autism who have movement disorders, social and communication disorders. I have extensive training in techniques for doing so, including how to create a calm and enjoyable environment.
In addition, all three beach resorts have hyposensory areas/zones for children that require a minute to decompress. And what child would not benefit from it?
Beaches has three different properties in the Caribbean. There are two resorts in Jamaica (Beaches Negril and Beaches Ocho Rios) and one in Turks and Caicos. Beaches Turks and Caicos is the flagship facility, the largest and most expansive of the three.
According to the CDC, children with autism often have language delays that make it difficult for them to understand what they want or need. They may have hyperactivity, impulsivity, or inattentive behavior. Often there are gastrointestinal problems (such as constipation), abnormal eating and sleeping habits, and abnormal moods and emotional reactions. children are often misunderstood and labeled as misbehaving.
Beaches is the first resort company in the world to complete the rigorous IBCCES (International Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards) and Autism Certification, the gold standard for global cognitive impairment training and certification. In 2021, the brand will become the only company in the world to recertify his status as an Advanced Accredited Autism Center through 2023, and Beach’s team his members will receive at least 40 hours of Autism Susceptibility Training. Has completed.
So how does it work? Parents can dial a dedicated number to speak with IBCCES certified Beaches Special Services team during the planning phase of their vacation. A trained team can help recommend experiences, advise on specific suite locations to limit irritation, request cleaning products to alleviate sensitivity to odors, and recommend the most convenient airport transfers You can even do
Through Beaches’ dedicated culinary concierge, families can pre-plan meals according to allergies or specific diets (many children with autism have specific diets, including gluten-free). Parents can also request one-on-one beach buddies certified by IBCCES in advance autism training. increase.
Beaches Resorts also incorporates autism awareness and training into its Sesame Street products. One of her Sesame Street characters is Julia, her four-year-old girl with autism. Julia interacts with other characters and children through an activity called Amazing Art with Julia. Through this activity, Julia, who loves to paint, highlights how people can express themselves through art.
Vacations are often a difficult time for families with children with autism. Siblings may feel that their needs are not being met, and parents of children with ASD are always oversensitive and unable to relax. Knowing that a child with autism is in a children’s camp specifically designed to meet her needs or with a one-on-one peer trained in ASD It means that the whole family can take a vacation.