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An Autism Diagnosis Did Not Stop Us from Enjoying Family Vacations

We're a family with special needs. We have three boys, and one has autism. With his diagnosis comes sensory issues, food aversions, and a lot of anxiety. He used to have meltdowns, but as he's gotten older, he's grown out of them.

Just after we received our son’s autism diagnosis, I began going to mommy-and-me autism groups. The mothers of older kids who were on the spectrum taught me so much about parenting a child with autism. They had “been there, done that” and were able to pass on so many critical nuggets of information — which dentist works best with kids with autism, where to go for sibling support, what places around town had great recreational opportunities for families with children on the spectrum.

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