An Incredible Encounter with Princess Tiana

 Guest post by Denise Klipsic 

 

As a mother of two autistic Children, our vacations can be pretty challenging. This hasn’t stopped us,however, from seeing the sights and doing some globetrotting ourselves.Our kids actually love the change and novelty of travel. As long as we are aware of what they are feeling and what they like to do versus things that may scare them, we do alright and have a lot of fun.During a recent trip to Disneyworld, we had a beautiful experience that was the highlight of my trip.

13960878478_f4eb67d914_z



It was one of those moments that made my daughter, and I feel good inside because of the effort that one beautiful person made to understand our world.My daughter, Abella (5), is non-verbal and likes Disney World on her terms. Her favorite ride is the Disney Buses that take us to and from the parks and the carousel. Otherwise, she likes to see the sights in the park and enjoy it from the comfort of our rented stroller (which we named Happy Chappy).

14167575263_c5c0945c68_z

 

She doesn’t like the parks at night for fear of the fireworks and the loud noises that come with them, so we visit the parks during the day and try to see as much as we can in the daylight hours.One afternoon when we were visiting my daughter took a curious interest in Princess Tiana from the Princess and the Frog, who was meeting other park guests. She smiled when she looked at her and indicated to me, she wanted to see her.Safe in her stroller, we waited patiently in line to visit with the princess.

13960893460_81e14d74f3_z

 

Unfortunately, at that same moment the afternoon show was going on at the castle, which was not far from where we were. As it ended, fireworks went off, scaring my daughter. Immediately, she put her hands to her ears in panic mode and indicated to me that it was time to go. I pointed to the princess and asked if she wanted to see the princess still. She only retreated back into the safety of Stroller.

13960877420_ef86cfc4c4_z

 

Near the front of the line then, our turn came to see the princess and her prince.As my son visited with them, she watched curiously with her hands still pressed against her ears. After my son got his picture, both Tiana and her prince approached the stroller to say hi. Sensing her fear the prince backed off and let Tiana talk to her a little. She held out her hands to my daughter, reluctantly Abella reached out one hand to touch Tiana as if to say thanks, and then quickly put it back to her ear.

 

14124346256_d8bc95ae8c_z

Tiana tried to calm Abella down by talking for a little while and then tried to coax my daughter out of the stroller for a picture.With no luck after a few tries, Tiana came up with a better idea. Instead of trying to ask my daughter to come to her, she came to her. With no regard for her dress, Tiana fell to the ground and got as close to the stroller as she could. She placed her own hands over her ears and smiled for the picture.

 

 

 

An Incredible Encounter with Princess Tiana

photo credit Denise Klipsic

The beauty of the moment caused me to tear up. Even as her parent, I sometimes forget that her perspective on the world is different than ours, and often we try to bring her from her world back into ours. However, in this one moment, Tiana’s actions made it clear that it doesn’t have to always be that way, by making herself the outsider and entering my daughter’s Autistic world.

13960861597_50c14b4415_z


God Bless her and Disney for this beautiful experience.
My Daughter became relaxed after their picture, even waving her hand bye-bye to the princess as we left. The rest of the day she was happy to check out other things before heading home. The picture I have attached is from my camera. The Disney photographer was taking the picture from in front of them.

14147742044_38bf0f9b90_z


Speak Your Mind

*

Do you have questions about autism and travel?

I'm Margalit Francus, and I'd love to talk with you.

Why don't we talk on the phone and I'll do my best to answer your questions. Book a no-obligation 20 minute call with me to discuss anything to do with autism and travel.
Book a time