Many studies have shown that children benefit greatly from spending time outdoors, some have even shown that children do better at school and are healthier and happier if they camp at least once a year. It allows kids to disconnect from tech, and find time for family bonding. Taking children with Autism camping just requires a little bit more thought and preparation to get all of the benefits without any of the problems.
- Travel with another family – If you know another family that your children get along with get them to come along. At Canvas and Clover we have 10 safari tents around a field so you can be next to your friends but have your own personal space for occasional meltdowns as well. Share the childcare and the cooking and share the fun! We are located in Worcestershire which is pretty central so ideal as a meeting place for families who live a long way apart.
2. Plan, Plan, Plan – Preparing your child for a glamping (or any) trip is vitally important. We have lots of information on the website you can use, and we can also send on request a visual story book to show what would be involved in the holiday. Plan to bring lots of clothes to keep warm, and even bring your own duvets if familiar bedding helps (although we do supply all the bedding for free). Any questions you might have, just ask and we can try and find a solution if possible.
3. Fire safety – All of our safari tents have fire pits, and sitting around a fire is a vital part of any camping trip. Children may not be familiar around a fire so it is a good idea to familiarize them before arrival and be vigilant whilst they are here. We don’t put log burners and candles in the tents so that the tent can be a safe environment for children, and the site itself is very safe being away from a main road and surrounded with hedges with good visibility from your tent to everywhere on site to allow independence without worry!
4. No idea, no problem – If you have the equipment and the know-how camping is a great cheap holiday, but the equipment can be expensive if you are not sure it is for you, and putting up a tent in the rain – lets just say I have been there and done that and I am in no rush to do it again! Our safari tents are up and ready to go, beds are all made and the toys and games are ready to play with – less chance of having a meltdown whilst you are trying to put up a tent!
5. Worried what others will think? – Having a child with Autism can be stressful, as a parent you often feel judged by other parents. All of our tents are pretty spread out however for true peace of mind book onto a special Autism friendly break ( we have the 17th, 18th, 19th August 2020 reserved only for families with Autism). or visit The National Autistic Society for more information on Autism friendly holidays.