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Finding the right resources for a loved one can be difficult. SEARCH has compiled some helpful information from our friends at the Autism Health Insurance Project and Disability Rights California.  Families may also email SEARCH staff at to collaborate on issues regarding their children.

Check out SEARCH's Tips for Summer Fun! 

What to do during summer break:

  1. Go to the movies. AMC Theaters offer special movie showings that are designed specifically for kids with ASD. Lights are left on, the movie is at a kid-friendly volume, and kids can talk or get up without bothering anyone.
  2. Have a “staycation.” If you can’t make it out of town for a vacation, enjoy what your community has to offer. Check out your local recreation center to find out about swimming or art classes, sports leagues, or day camps that your child can participate in during their break from school.
  3. Wash the car. Activities that may seem like a chore to an adult can be fun for kids. Give them the water, soap, and towels and let the kids enjoy themselves!
  4. Have a movie night at home. Bring out pillows and blankets, make some popcorn, or maybe even make your own movie tickets! Make a normal activity into a special event for your family.
  5. Set up tents in your house or yard. Use a real tent in your yard or set up blankets and pillows in your living room. This can entertain your child for hours, and act as a quiet spot if they need a break.
  6. Record your summer events. Bring your camera and document all the things you do with your family during the summer. Before school starts, put the pictures into an album so your child has a visual reminder of the fun they had during their break. 


  1. Create a schedule. Give children a sense of what to expect. Fill in big family vacations or trips, but also smaller events like playdates, on a calendar that the child can see.
  2. Maintain the usual family rules and routines. Keep regularly scheduled chores and bedtime habits. Although it is fine to stay up a little later on vacation, remember that sleep deprivation can lead to irritability and meltdowns during the day.
  3. Be safe around water. Find a life jacket that suits your child’s needs (it may not be a typical life jacket!). Have your child participate in swim classes at an early age. Be within arm’s reach of your child when around any open water. Be sure to drain bathtubs, kiddie pools, or any other container of water when you’re done using them.
  4. Prepare activities to keep your child engaged on long trips. Bring magazines, computer or iPad games, movies, or items your child may enjoy to prevent meltdowns.
  5. Take a break. Don’t get overwhelmed with the responsibilities and extra planning that summer vacation can bring. Hire a sitter or ask a family member to help watch your child for an evening. You can also look into special needs camps that can provide your child with fun activities while you get a chance to relax.  

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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Tel: (951) 827-3849