(KARE) Travel can be stressful for anyone, but for kids with autism, crowded airports and security screenings can be downright scary.
Since the beginning of the year, Minneapolis-St. Paul International has been part in a new program to help the kids prepare for air travel.
For the Nielsen family, the already overwhelming adventure at the airport brings additional worries.
"We were really nervous about how the airport would go, it's a lot of new things all in the same day," said Matt Nielsen.
Two of Matt and Melissa's four children, five-year-old Charlotte and two-year-old Elaine, were diagnosed with autism.
"Everyday we have to follow a very strict routine in order to keep them in the happiest frame of mind," Nielsen explained.