22nd September 2014
AUTISM IN THE AIR
'Autism in the Air' is a video specifically designed for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families to help alleviate some of the stress that families who have a child with autism experience when travelling by air.
In collaboration with The Centre for Behaviour Analysis/Queen's University Belfast, George Best Belfast City Airport and Aer Lingus, we are helping children with autism go on holidays. Going on an airplane can be a difficult and scary time for children with autism. Families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), like anyone else, would like to go on holidays, but often don’t because their child cannot tolerate airports or airplanes. Given that recent estimates show a prevalence of ASD in 1:50 children, not only do the families miss out, airports and the holiday industry in general miss out too.
A video and booklet to help families prepare for going to the airport, on the plane, and generally have a positive experience of the airport, has been produced and are available for download.
1. Arriving at the Airport
2. Going through security
3. The Departure Lounge
4. On the Plane