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Florida beach resorts offer special activities for kids with autism

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ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. - Two beachfront resorts in Florida say their staff have been trained on ways to meet the needs of guests with autism.

The TradeWinds Island Resorts, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico on the island of St. Pete Beach just west of St. Petersburg, say they have been named "an autism-friendly business," one of five hotels in the U.S. to receive the designation from the California-based Center for Autism & Related Disorders Inc.

Special activities for kids with autism are offered at the resorts, TradeWinds says. As well, free safety kits available to guests include a hanging door alarm, electrical outlet covers and table corner cushions.

Families are asked a list of questions when reserving so that staff can be aware of issues such as sensitivity to cleaning products and noise, TradeWinds says.

TradeWinds Island Resorts comprise the Island Grand Resort and the Sandpiper Suites.

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On the web: www.justletgo.com/autismfriendly