Traveling with a child that has special needs requires a lot of planning - and even more patience. With that in mind, incorporate our travel tips into your next vacation to help you enjoy this special time to reconnect with your family.
Top Travel Destinations for Kids with Special Needs
Plan and Prepare
Prepare your child for all the transitions they are about to partake in with social stories, travel picture books and websites about your travel destination. If you are visiting relatives, make sure to speak with them ahead of time about any sensitivities or anxieties your child may have. An overly excited hug from grandma may be too much for your highly sensitive child.
Pack with Purpose
In order to help your child with transitions to a new environment, bring familiar comfort items like a favorite blanket or sleeping toy. Pack your child’s favorite snacks and pull them out when they get bored or anxious. Bringing along a handheld video game system or new coloring books to keep your child entertained decreases the chances of negative behaviors. If your child has noise sensitivity, bring along a pair of noise blocking headphones they can wear on airplanes and other noisy areas.