We are receiving new guests over the holidays. My brother has a new girlfriend who has two children. Her youngest, an 8-year-old boy, has "mild autism." I am not absolutely sure what that covers, and unfortunately I haven't had much time to really discuss it directly with her. I would like to be sensitive to his needs when he comes to visit, but I am having difficulty finding resources that directly address how to help a child with autism adjust to a new environment.
Specifically, I was thinking that providing a calm, quiet area or room (and letting him know that he can retreat there whenever he wants to) would help him feel more comfortable, but I am concerned that he might feel isolated by this gesture.
Has anyone had experience with this kind of visit before? Would creating this kind of space be helpful, or only make things more complicated?