We arrived home from the UK today. It was the first time we have requested assistance during a flight. In the past I have always believed that our big lad wasn't "bad enough" to need support. Stupid really but I think many parents just don't want to make a fuss and try and deal with situations themselves. However, if you have been following the blog you will have seen that after a blog post about flying and an e-mail exchange with KLM support asking for specific assistance for autistic travellers (not just being grouped in with travellers with mobility problems) we were offered a new type of assistance.
The big lad was nervous the night before and talked to me about not wanting to be seen as a queue jumper (bless him). He was also very anxious that we would be split up and did not want to be assisted alone. I assured him that I would not leave him and that he was entitled to help. We also discussed how this would not only benefit him but it would also help lots of other autistic people who fly too.