15 Airports That Offer “Rehearsal Programs” for Individuals With Autism

URL: http://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/2014/09/18/15-airports-that-offer-rehearsal-programs-for-individuals-with-autism/

Flying. It’s something we take for granted these days. 40 or 50 years ago flying was an experience. You prepared for it, you wore nice clothes, you told all your friends that you would flying on an airplane, It was an event. Today… Not so much. Flying is almost as pedestrian as taking a bus ride. No more fun or excitement, just part of the routine. For children with autism and other special needs Flying is still an event. The change in routine, the noise, the unfamiliar surroundings, the crowds all contribute to an overwhelming and overstimulating experience that can cause some major meltdowns. Flying Rehearsal Programs: Taking a child with autism on a plane requires some advanced planning and preparation. Thankfully there are now programs in place at many airports that that provide children with autism a flying experience without ever lifting off the ground. Participants pack their bags, ride to the airport, pass through security, and continue through the whole flying process including boarding, “flying” and deplaning.