Most parents will say that travelling with kids can be a challenge, but for families that include kids with special needs, like autism, the challenges can be amplified. In response to this, a hotel in Newfoundland is attempting to make the journey a lot easier.
Hotel Port aux Basques in southwestern Newfoundland is the first in Canada to offer accommodations that have been specially altered to facilitate travel for parents and kids on the autism spectrum by incorporating added safety features and specialized equipment.
Some of the tweaks to hotel rooms, include bolting pictures to the walls, adding extra security locks on doors, and putting safety latches on drawers so that parents have the option to hide objects they think might interfere with their kids’ tranquillity. The hotel has also altered their menu to include photographs of the dishes in order to facilitate communication with kids who can’t speak.
In addition, there is a “sensory room” where kids can go to calm down, feel safe or even burn off extra energy. The room boasts features like mat flooring, lights that can be dimmed, a “crow’s nest” swing, a climbing wall and a “pea pod” sensory boat.