Carlee’s Tips-Family Vacations
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Carlee’s Tips-Family Vacations

Growing up as an individual on the autistic spectrum can be seen as a difficult task, especially when it comes to being forced to go out with the family.  And it’s even more difficult of a task when we are talking about going out with family for long periods of time. I’m talking about family vacations.

When talking about myself, a teenage girl, I don’t get to decide on whether or not to attend these family trips. It can leave me feeling a bit trapped and quite anxious when we decide to go on one. And in my specific family, we sometimes (quite frequently, actually) find out about them in such short notice.

Most of our Disney World trips have been Christmas presents, meaning we didn’t know we were going until a week or so before the trip. These kinds of things were hard for me because it was hard to prepare, and I’m sure other kids struggle with it as well.

My nephew was once surprised with a Disney trip and it didn’t go as planned, he experienced a huge panic attack since he wasn’t aware that he was going to Florida until he was at the airport. To be honest, that whole situation is terrifying to me, which is why parents should be wary of it.

I, personally, like to be in control, and since family vacations are in no way under my control, there are certain things my family allows me to do. I’m of an age where I can handle myself, and my parents have given me tools to help me cope. My suggestion is to discuss plans ahead of time with your child and, if possible, get them involved with plans.  Safe travels!
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