Vacation time is right around the corner. For so many families, that could mean freakouts from little ones messing up routines. Children on the autism spectrum are the most affected when it comes to not having their routines. 


It’s estimated that one out of every 44 children falls on the autism spectrum which means that many of your listeners are likely affected. Not to mention those who have children with attention and/or mood disorders. Up to now, no one has really explained how these parents can successfully incorporate travel into their families’ lives. Finally, someone has. Dawn Barclay's new book,  Traveling Different: Vacation Strategies for Parents of the Anxious, the Inflexible, and the Neurodiverse is set to release on August 15th.

Aside from her being our first female guest, Dawn has been in the travel business for decades, both as an award-winning travel reporter and with her family's travel businesses. She is also an author of many fiction novels, writing as D.M. Barr.


In the book, Dawn goes over so many aspects of traveling with children who may be on the spectrum and how you can make it as easy as possible to have an amazing family vacation!


In this episode, we touch on How Dawn came up with the idea for the book, some pieces you can use today to get your child ready for a trip, Dave's experience taking his child on their first family trip (and how much of a hassle that was). 


This book is not just for parents who have children on the spectrum. This is a must read for any parent who wants to travel, but they aren't quite sure they can.


Be sure to pre-order your copy of Traveling Different: Vacation Strategies for Parents of the Anxious, the Inflexible, and the Neurodiverse on Amazon, your local bookstore, and even ask your public library if they can carry it for those parents who may not be able to purchase the book before August 15th.

You can learn more about Dawn and the book at and


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