Myrtle Beach Airport to open 'Quiet Room' for children with autism

Myrtle Beach Airport to open 'Quiet Room' for children with autism

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)  - Myrtle Beach International Airport will cut the ribbon on a "Quiet Room" on Tuesday, making it one of only two airports in the country with such a room to support families with children with autism.

The Quiet Room will be located in the baggage claim area of the airport, according to a news release from the Champion Autism Network.

"This is a wonderful partnership and a victory for families of children with autism who are vacationing in our area," said Becky Large, executive director of the Champion Autism Network. "This room provides a safe and fun environment for children on the autism spectrum and a caregiver to relax and decompress after a flight while family members retrieve their baggage and rental car."

The official opening of the room will take place on Tuesday, August 23 at 10 a.m. Guest speakers at the event include Congressman Tom Rice, Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus, Horry County Vice Chairman Tyler Servant, and Brad Dean, President and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

CAN is a movement that aims to increase awareness of autism, provide support to families affected by autism, and reduce challenges and barriers to allow families of children with autism to have a "normal" family outing or experience, the release states. This includes reducing sensory input and creating environments for children with autism and their families, such as having Surfside Beach named the first Autism-Friendly Travel Destination anywhere.

According to CAN, autism is the general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders, or Autism Spectrum Disorders.

"These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors," the release states. "An estimated 1 in 68 children in the U..S. is on the Autism Spectrum and that number is increasing."

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