We here at Pirate HQ understand that times have been stressful this past year and this stress can be compacted coping with children's specific, individual needs. From home schooling to not seeing their friends to not having a regular holiday - there are so many factors that have disrupted their lives.
Booking holidays can come with their own sets of hurdles when your child has a condition like autism, therefore we have created a list off family friendly getaways that cater for those on the spectrum. Many of these staycations can accommodate both kids and adults with autism.
A delightfully renovated Victorian house, this facility on the Isle of Wight caters for those with autism, both kids and adults. Comprising of 3 beautifully decorated self catering apartments and one cottage, the accommodation has everything you'd expect from a staycation with added support and facilities catering to a number of autistic symptoms. As well as a heated pool, games room, gym and sauna, there are also sensory rooms with coloured lights. Apartments range in size, sleeping 3 to 8 and the cottage is even pet friendly! Minimum stays are 3 nights and start around £600 for the entire party. Check out more info here.
Badaguish Outdoor Centre
In the heart of the Scottish countryside this facility offers an active and adventurous holiday for any family. It has bags of attractions and facilities within the area for you to explore and a massive range of activities on site. You will be spoilt for choice! Badaquish also offer respite breaks where they will provide 24 hour care to your loved ones so you know they are in safe hands. Family breaks can be booked at this great centre and their accommodation is fab, specially designed lodges which are equipped with everything that you could possibly need or want will make your stay a very pleasant one. Have a look at Badaquish Outdoor Centre HERE.
Happy Kids Holidays
Want to head a little further afield? Check out the Happy Kids Holidays Website they offer fantastic autism friendly holidays to France which provide a wonderful break for the whole family. When you book, you can rest assured that only the best and fully accommodating letting properties were taking on board after a lot of research. As well as finding you the perfect venue for your holiday Happy Kids also offer an array of other support and facilities to assist you with your holiday planning, whether that be meeting you from the airport, a spot of baby sitting or shopping or even accompanying you on day trip, they are there to help. CLICK HERE to check out this great holiday experience site.
Going Further Afield?
Airports can be a scary place for kids at the best of times, but those with autism find the crowds, security and strange noises anxiety inducing. A handful of airports are introducing new spaces to help travellers with various conditions as easily as possible. For example Shannon Airport in Ireland has introduced 'Europe's first sensory room' for autistic travellers. The aim is to help reduce the potential stresses caused by the unpredictability of travel for people with autism, and provides a safe, calm place to make the process more relaxing. Check out the video below!
Autism Friendly Holidays
Offering peaceful, non-judgemental accommodation in the Welsh countryside, this cottage, unfortunately isn't taking bookings currently due to COVID but here is their site to keep up to date of new opening dates.
The charity offers financial relief for those raising children with disabilities or those who are seriously ill. The funds come in multiple forms to give families a quality of life who otherwise may not be able to afford it. Check out their mission here.
Merlin's Magic Wand
This charity aims to fund special days out to exciting places like LEGOLAND, theme parks around the UK, Sealife Centres and more. Create memories that'll last a lifetime run by those who understand your kid's unique qualities.
You can check out more info, apply for a day out or make a donation, click here.
We would like to start with the fact that this was no easy task for us as we have little experience in the subject. Any extra input that you pirates think would be helpful for other members would be more than welcome, just drop us a comment below.