- Sep 1, 2014
Go with your gut, you know best what he is capable of. I went last year with my son who has Asperger's, he was 15 at the time. He struggles in new situations, but I know I can make it easier on him by making a plan and sticking to it as much as possible. So that's what we did. I also allowed him his space to decompress, didn't force him to spend every moment with us. We avoided any major meltdowns by letting him walk away/go back to the hotel room/sit things out, no questions asked.
And I agree with what others said about doing things in small doses. My son can't handle vacationing from rope drop to fireworks, it's too much stimulation, too many people, too stressful. Just make sure everyone in your party is on board with that ahead of time; on our last trip we took my mother and she did nothing but complain about all the breaks we were taking. No surprise, since she is also in denial about my son's diagnosis!
Forgot to mention that my son refused the DAS. It just made him very uncomfortable. I think we could have done more with it, but I try to respect his opinions, especially about things that directly affect him. He felt very strongly that he didn't want one so we didn't get it. We still had fun.
Thank you for the info. We are planning on park days to do mornings, with a sit down lunch (with the Kindle to let my SS decompress because he probably won't eat a lot at the restaurant), then back to the hotel until evening. And interspersed with the park days we have one day of just pool/lounging, one day of nothing in the morning, and one day of really not sure yet... playing it by ear. Some of the group may go to Kennedy Space Center while I take the toddler to do more of the "kiddie" rides at MK. It's the last day so we will see how everyone is faring by then.
ETA: We are probably going to get the DAS. We are worried, besides his impulse control issues, that he will fixate on the ride while in line and cause himself so much anxiety while waiting that he then won't ride when we get to the ride. He has the potential to actually make himself sick for the rest of the day. So when my husband and I discussed it, the DAS would probably be best.