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Autism Friendly


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What is Autism?


Take a look at their jointly developed guide which provides an introduction to autism, characteristics of autism and what we can do as individuals and as a business to help autistic people enjoy staying at The Dairy and visiting the Yorkshire Dales. Thank you to VisitEngland & the Autism Society for providing excellent practical guidance on how to be an autism friendly business.



















What does Cottage in the Dales provide? 



Video Tour of The Dairy










Sensory Story for The Dairy 


The Dairy Story is a simple short story with lots of pictures which highlights some of the things our visitors mmight see, hear, touch, taste and smell during their stay with us. If you have an autistic family member, you may like to show them The Dairy Story a few times before your holiday to help them get used to their holiday environment. You might also like to print off a copy and bring it with you. 

The Dairy Story is available as a PDF file below. Coming soon will also be a presentation with some soothing background music too. 














The Floor Plan of The Dairy 















Peaceful Surroundings


We are so lucky to be able to provide totally peaceful, quiet surroundings, both inside and outside the cottage :

* Different lighting options in the lounge and bedroom include LED ceiling dimmable lights, subtle table lamps and floor reading lamps. 

* Easy provision of guest’s own recognisable soothing sounds or music on arrival through the sound bar on the TV and the Bose speaker in the bedroom. 

* Visual Trail across the Garden - the video of a visual trail of a meander across the garden will be coming along in summer 2020. 



Visual Trail across the Garden (coming soon)
















'Pre-Visit’ to aid familiarisation before the holiday   


Call Diane at Cottage in the Dales on 01969-662766 or email :



Understanding Autism training


Diane has completed this training from The National Autistic Society, which has helped enormously to put into practice ‘strategies’ to support a person on the autism spectrum eg quiet space, a low arousal time, clear information and time to process information. 












Makaton Training


Diane is currently enjoying learning how to use Makaton. With Makaton, signs are used, with speech, in spoken word order. This helps provide extra clues about what someone is saying. Using signs can help people who have no speech or whose speech is unclear. Using symbols can help people who have limited speech and those who cannot, or prefer not to sign. Find out more about What is Makaton (which is not British Sign Language BSL). Click on the link below to find out more about the Makaton training that is available near you. 













Autism Friendly Award


Wikepedia : Autism friendly means being aware of social engagement and environmental factors affecting people on the autism spectrum, with modifications to communication methods and physical space to better suit individual's unique and special needs.


Cottage in the Dales has applied to The National Autistic Society for their Autism Friendly Award. Find out more by clicking on the image below.










Choice Boards


A visual help in the form of ‘choice boards’ are available to aid planning activities during your stay, morning and night time routines and emotions. 










Customer Experience


All our guests receive a feedback form within their Arrival Pack, requesting comment to open-ended questions. This is to gain an understanding of what worked well and what didn’t so we can continually improve. By engaging with guests, including the carer, before a visit, during the visit if needed and feedback on/after departure helps enormously. 



Promotion of Understanding


In the last couple of years, we have repeatedly shared our business experience of accessibility with other businesses to promote other accommodation providers to consider accessibility by dispelling perceptions. These activities such as individual meetings, presentations, case studies, interviews, familiarisation visits to The Dairy and at events, will continue and now widen its content to include dementia friendly and autism. Contact us to discuss your interests.