Traveling DifferenT: Vacation Strategies for Parents of the Anxious,
the Inflexible, and the Neurodiverse
DAWN M. BARCLAY
the travel bible for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder and/or mood and distraction disorders, offering helpful tips to soothe any child’s travel anxieties.
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF JOURNALISTS AND AUTHORS ARLENE AWARD: BOOKS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
HONORABLE MENTION: TRAVELING DIFFERENT: VACATION STRATEGIES FOR PARENTS OF THE ANXIOUS, THE INFLEXIBLE, AND THE NEURODIVERSE BY DAWN M. BARCLAY
INSIGHTFUL, ASTUTE, SYMPATHETIC, COMPREHENSIVE, AND PACKED WITH PENETRATING ADVICE, INVALUABLE INFORMATION, AND BOUNTIFUL RESOURCES, THIS BOOK WILL MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF MANY FAMILIES. BARCLAY’S EXHAUSTIVE, WELL-ORGANIZED AND WELL-THOUGHT-OUT COVERAGE OF THE MYRIAD ISSUES THAT ARISE IN TRAVELING WITH SPECIAL-NEEDS FAMILY MEMBERS FILLS A REAL NEED AND BESPEAKS HER DEEP EXPERTISE, GENUINE CONCERN FOR HER READERS AND CONTAGIOUS ENTHUSIASM FOR TRAVEL. AN IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION.
Winner--2023 Maxy Awards -- Best Inspirational/Self Help Book of 2022
Traveling with children is always challenging, but for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder and/or mood and attention and distraction disorders, it can be especially intimidating. How should parents of children experiencing meltdowns deal with clueless and judgmental onlookers? What are the best methods to alleviate motion sickness when your child might already be on a cocktail of drugs? Traveling Different: Vacation Strategies for Parents of the Anxious, the Inflexible, and the Neurodiverse answers these and many other questions parents may have when traveling with their children.
Dawn M. Barclay presents travel strategies and anecdotes from Certified Autism Travel Professionals (TM), parents of special needs children, associations and advocates, and mental health professionals, broken down by mode of transportation and type of venue. The heart of the book outlines suggested itineraries for spectrum families and venues—such as museums—that cater to the unique special interests that are characteristic of individuals with autism. Barclay also discusses less common accommodations, such as dude ranches and houseboats, as well as vacations involving sports that readers might not immediately associate with ASD, such as diving, skiing, and golf.
The book culminates with a resource guide of travel agents who specialize in special needs travel—and where to find other experts—and lists of organizations that advocate for special needs families. Noted mental health professionals offer advice throughout the book, as do organizations that support the needs of this community.
Travel brings the world together and now, thanks to a growing focus on the needs of those with special needs, it is more accessible than ever before. This work is an essential part of that effort, a resource designed to make the cultural, educational, and bonding benefits of vacations available to all.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 344 • Trim: 5½ x 8½
978-1-5381-6866-0 • Hardback • August 2022 • $32.00 • (£25.00)
978-1-5381-6867-7 • eBook • August 2022 • $30.00 • (£22.99)
Subjects: Travel / Special Interest / Disabilities & Special Needs, Family & Relationships / Children with Special Needs, Family & Relationships / Parenting / General, Family & Relationships / Autism Spectrum Disorders