Holidays and autism don’t mix well. Trust me. Every year we rack our brains desperately trying to find things to do which will suit the entire family. Most of the ideas fail, abysmally. Meltdowns, unsuitable accommodation, starers and a refusal to walk take care of a lot very nicely, thank you. We haven’t been able to afford a long holiday for nearly five years now. That might sound horrendous to some but it’s actually not too bad. We are fortunate to live in a beautiful, empty county and if we plan things right, the weather plays it’s part and I remember to pack a few distractions then days out are achievable. I’m not saying they are easy and we ain’t playing at being The Waltons here but they are doable! The key for a successful family day out for us is to stay away from crowds. This rules out some of the attractions the 12 year old would enjoy, burger bars, fun fairs and busy shops are totally out of doable territory. He does complain about it but he also knows the deal. The upside to all of this though is that it means he gets to experience pleasures from childhoods of years long past. Far away from the crowds! Things we might not be able to persuade him towards so easily otherwise. Plodging in streams, picnicking in the countryside, flying kites on empty beaches, learning to swim in the sea.
I’ll keep you posted as to how the rest of the summer goes!!!