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.

Myrtle Beach Online 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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