Myrtle Beach airport opens space for children with autism

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina airport is about to become the second in the country to help families with autistic children by offering a quiet space to decompress after a flight.

The Sun-News of Myrtle Beach reports that the new room opens inside the Myrtle Beach International Airport on Tuesday.

The room in the airport’s baggage-claim area features pillowed and cushioned cubicles and seats marked with the words “Quiet Room” on its glass-paneled door.

Becky Large of the Champion Autism Network says the room provides a safe environment for autistic children and a caregiver, to relax while others collect checked baggage.

Autism is a range of developmental brain disorders expressed by communication difficulties, social and behavioral problems, or repetitive behaviors. About one in 70 American children have autism.

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