Parenting

Traveling with Young Children with Autism

Make sure all hotel questions are answered

Duncan recommends contacting a hotel prior to your stay to request any special accommodations you may need for your child. This could include certain room features such as the handicap room, or asking for a special lock to be added to the balcony door. Each child’s needs are unique, but, in most cases, hotels will be willing to help out to try to make their rooms accessible for your child with special needs. Also be sure to call ahead and inquire about food options if your child has dietary needs or restrictions. Again, even if it is out of their normal offerings, hotels will usually find a way to make their food options viable for your child’s needs. You should also let the hotel know if your child has any medical needs, such as a wheelchair or oxygen supply, and make sure that they have the required services or devices on hand or can acquire them for your stay.