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What Helped My Autistic Son Cope With Hurricane Ian

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Florida offers its residents hundreds of miles of warm sandy beaches, an abundance of oceans, lakes, and swimming pools to keep cool and thrilling theme parks.

But there is a tradeoff to this lush, tropical paradise—hurricanes. And while hurricanes are stressful for anyone living within the cone of trajectory, for individuals with autism, the disruptions in routine and potential for devastating outcomes mean that stress can rival hurricane-force winds.

In the last two months, my 7-year-old autistic son’s entire life has been uprooted. We moved from Orlando to Tampa Bay. In addition to a new home, for him, this also meant a new school, new therapists, new doctors, new friends—new everything.

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