Every family deserves to be able to enjoy a vacation. However, this isn’t always easy to do when you have a child diagnosed with Autism. Yet there are still places where you and your family can relax and enjoy quality time together. Scattered across the U.S. are several theme parks that are Autism friendly.
One of these theme parks is Sesame Place, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2015, Sesame Street debuted Julia, a character with Autism. As a result, Sesame Place holds the distinction of being the country’s first Certified Autism Center. The entire staff of the park is trained in how to assist those with the condition. Parents planning a visit to the amusement park can use its website’s sensory guide. This allows them to pick and choose the activities their children will participate in during their visit. Sesame Island is an area of the park where guests can use the two quiet rooms. Families are easily accommodated in these areas and noise-canceling headphones, as well as adjustable lighting, are offered for free use. Many of the park’s rides and restaurants were designed with Autistic children in mind. There is even an area where children can watch the park’s parade without fear of becoming overwhelmed.
For families that want to enjoy a water park, the Aquatica Orlando is a viable option. Though the park is not new it has been updated to accommodate guests with autism. The staff has been extensively trained in emotional and sensory awareness as well as motor skills and the need for a quiet environment. In fact, the park now has a low sensory area as well as a quiet room. The quiet room is a very private place equipped with adjustable lights.
Florida’s Legoland Resort is also Autism friendly. The resort includes quiet rooms where children can feel free to play with Legos in an environment they will be comfortable in. Each quiet room provides soft toys and noise-canceling headphones. Parents can even obtain illustrated walkthroughs that explain the shows and rides guests can experience at the park. Staff members are well versed in communicating with both Autistic children and their parents.
These are just a few of the Autism friendly amusement parks in the U.S.