A person on the autistic spectrum can ski and enjoy the mountains with family and friends! Many of our program participants have discovered the joys of the snow and magic of the mountains. Our highly-trained and experienced staff members, overseen by the British psychologist, specialise in working with children and adults who have social or communication issues, and other conditions related to ASD.
Confidence on the snow is the key issue so it is well worth investing in the excellent one-to-one skiing experience with us. Once the person has gained the basic skills, there is no reason why the family cannot all ski together. It is also a good idea to return to the same ski resort for at least a couple of winters just to maintain that special relationship and new found confidence.
Your initial enquiry to us should include as much background information on the skier as possible. Discussing in detail the skier’s specific needs and conditions is vital so that we can ensure that they are matched with the right staff member. This may include information about other associated health and social needs such as epilepsy, asthma, communication and social awareness skills and any recent medical developments. Please note that you will also receive a detailed Booking Form from us around 4 to 6 weeks before your holiday so that we can gather the latest information about the skier’s special needs.
When it comes to equipment and clothing, as skiing requires wearing not everyday clothing such as helmets, goggles and gloves, it might be worth trying these at home first (or something similar) to give the skier a chance to get used to them and therefore be as comfortable as possible on the first skiing day. For persons with sensory difficulties, try getting them used to wearing extra layers.
For more tips, please see our Holidays and autism section.