So sorry I missed your post before you sailed.
(We were on a cruise to Hawaii.)
Our son is 20 and has Autism. He is very high functioning, but still needs special assistance.
He has been cruising since he was 6 years old and Camp Carnival has always been wonderful with him.
For your next cruise:
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a "quiet muster drill". You simply go to Guest Services when you board and they make a note of your child's special need.
Camp Carnival is remarkable. Technically, there are only 4 things they can not do.
1. They can not give one on one care.
2. They can not give medication.
3. They can not change the diaper of a child that is over 50 pounds.
4. They can not have a child in there who is aggressive towards staff or other children.
I know more and more children today with Autism are non-verbal. This is another area that can be successfully
addressed. In our church, we use the sticker system. We simply place a yellow sticker on the back shoulder of the child.
This reminds the care takers that they have a special needs child in their care who is non-verbal. This way the caretakers
check with these children more frequently to see if they are hungry, thirsty or need to go to the restroom.
Two of our caregivers have learned very simple sign language to assist in helping these children.
Hope you have a wonderful cruise.
We have COMPLETED THE FLEET!!!
If it is Carnival and it floats...we have sailed it. (and some that aren't floating for Carnival any more)
Hubby - Diamond - ( started with the Mardi Gras and has sailed every ship except the Carnivale)
Me - Diamond - ( every ship starting with the Tropicale)
20 year old son - Diamond - (every ship starting with the Tropicale) The only individual under the age of 21 to be DOUBLE MILESTONE !
Showing the world what a kid with Autism can do !!
Oldest son Grown and flown from the coop now. Not as many as us, since he was in college when we did a lot of these...but still holding his own!