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Holidaying in Holland with ASD children

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kerpob Tue 21-May-13 12:33:19

Hi we are taking the plunge and going to Duinrell this year with our 3 DC - NT DD 11 yrs and twin boys 8 both with ASD/ADHD. We are spending a week in Duinrell then hoping to take a few days in Amsterdam or thereabouts afterwards. Any advice on things to do or see which might be good for DC with ASD? What is the Dutch provision for/attitude to ASD in general? TIA

kerpob Sat 25-May-13 15:39:06


MareeeyaDoloures Sat 25-May-13 23:11:19

It might be the Holland word putting people off? Try again re-posting with Netherlands?

lougle Sat 25-May-13 23:47:25

I must admit, I thought it was an ironic joke blush

Apologies and bumping for you, because I have no knowledge of Holland.

zzzzz Sun 26-May-13 09:07:13

grin well I've only been there once and mostly remember the hot chocolate and mountains of not much help. Lovely Indonesian food too. Lots of canals and bikes. hmm. Not much help, sorry!

I too was giggling at actually GOING TO HOLAND. grin

Handywoman Sun 26-May-13 09:10:15

Same here.... Sorry no knowledge of the actual Holland

MareeeyaDoloures Sun 26-May-13 12:01:13

Try emailing this group of ASD-expatriate-Netherlands-dwellers?

LL12 Sun 26-May-13 12:28:14

I have a 9 year old NT child and a 13 year old DD with autism, we have been to Duinrell 4 time.
I have never had any problems there, we love it.
We book direct and stay in one of the Duingalows so that we have a TV, it keeps my DD happy especially in the evening as there is not anything do do much after about 7pm.
The Dutch are very friendly and helpful.
The is a large beach about 3 km away that you can drive or bike to, walks around the town and site.
We have never ventured into Amsterdam yet but took the bus to The Hague and visited Sealife on the coast there.

A word of warning, the water park gets very very busy, there is usually a long line of people waiting to get in. The cubicles are quite small, you can get just a couple of people in them, there are family changing rooms but they are for many familes at a time which was a shock and it can get very loud there just incase your children are sound problems. Once you are inside it is good.

The best supermarket in town is C100 and there is a very small Aldi, there is a well stocked shop onsite but it does cost more.

LL12 Sun 26-May-13 12:32:16

Sorry, forgot to say, I have never had any stares towards my ASD DD and have seen a few dutch special needs groups going on the rides.
We go the last week of Aug and the lines go very quickly for rides, even better if you go when they open and just before they close.

I have found that if I ever do feel uneasy with my ASD DD in whatever country, if I do a little bit of Makaton signing to her people seem more accepting as if they can now see that she is actually disabled.

kerpob Mon 27-May-13 07:11:28

Wow!! I've never heard of that phrase before, the Welcome to Holland thing!! Live and learn smile
Thanks for the responses. Yes I'm a little worried about the waterpark being very busy. Our boys are both runners and need very close supervision. We're going first week in July though so that might help.

MareeeyaDoloures Mon 27-May-13 18:28:40

Kerbob shock that no-one's thrust the Holland poem at you with a <head tilt> <shoulder pat>

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