Travel Tips: Traveling with A Child that has Autism Spectrum Disorder
Traveling with kids is not always easy, but taking a child on vacation that has Autism Spectrum Disorder takes a bit more preparation. In general, kids with autism like structure and routines. Vacations are a break from routine and can be bothersome for children on the spectrum. You can make your trip more enjoyable by following the tips that follow.
Avoid the Worst Travel Experiences by Curbing Your Overprotective Tendencies
We tend to think that the worst travel experiences occur because of things beyond our control. Maybe your flight gets delayed. Or no arrangements have been made for that wheelchair that the flight staff were supposed to bring for your special needs child. Maybe you’re going on a tour with a number of other people and the noise levels are just deafening for your autistic child. These things can happen when you’re traveling. However, sometimes, the worst travel experiences occur when parents are overprotective. What do you do in these situations?
Separating. Sometimes, getting along on a family vacation can be as simple as giving people the privacy that they need. When you travel with a special needs child, you might assume that you need to keep them in your sights at all times. However, this can only be frustrating for your child who might prefer to have a separate room and bathroom. If your living situation at home works for you, then try to recreate it when you’re on vacation.
Giving Space. Sometimes, children with special needs might get irritated if their parents are hovering over them at all times. You probably only mean to be protective but protection is not what your child needs at present. If you’re going with a group, then give your child the chance to interact with other people. You can keep an eye on him/her from afar but try not to be intrusive.
Being Adventurous. The whole idea behind going on vacation is having an adventure. So if you’re constantly concerned about whether your child will be adversely affected by the places you go to see, then this defeats the purpose and can be frustrating for your child. Of course, you need to be practical. If your child is in a wheelchair, you need to make sure you go to wheelchair accessible places. But if your child has ADHD, you don’t need to be constantly concerned about whether s/he is going to get overstimulated. As long as your child is taking medication and seems to be having a good time, it’s ok to be a little adventurous.
Avoiding Micromanagement. Some parents are always checking up on their kids, something which has become much easier with the advent of cell phones. You don’t even have to call your child; you can just text. However, texting your child every half an hour will prevent them from getting engrossed in what they’re doing. So try not to do it unless it’s really necessary.
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3 Craft Ideas for Kids on Beach Vacations
When you come back from your beach vacations, you’re probably going to bring a ton of mementoes. One thing that you may not have thought of bringing, however, is the sand. After all, what are you going to do with sand? It’s not like you’re going to turn your home into a beach. And there are cleanliness issues to think about too. If you have sand in your home, aren’t your kids going to start playing with it and make a mess? All these objections notwithstanding, you can make some wonderful arts and crafts with sand and bring them home with you. These are projects you and your kids will both enjoy.
Making Family Travel to Visit Relatives Enjoyable for Everyone!
It is easy to make sure all family members are happy when you are taking a trip to a fun destination like Disney World or going on a cruise. However, people often find it more difficult to keep all family members happy when the vacation is to visit distant relatives. Often relatives don't live near fun family attractions. Here are three tips for making family travel to visit relatives enjoyable for everyone.
Creating Family Memories through Weekend Travel
Now that the school year has begun your family may be missing out on some of the bonding over adventures you shared over the summer. All kids but particularly ones with any type of special needs require structure. While you don’t want to disrupt the routine of your child’s education, family vacations need not be a thing of the past. Many communities hold festivals, bazaars, farmers markets that your family can visit and enjoy, not to mention museums and state parks.
Selecting Souvenirs That Create Family Travel Memories for a Lifetime
Families obviously want to create memories through travel. It is important to also consider how to make those memories last a lifetime though. Buying souvenirs is a good way to bring a piece of your vacation home. Every time you see the souvenir it will remind you of the family vacation you enjoyed. Below is a list of 8 souvenir suggestions.
Creating Family Memories Through Travel: Photography, Souvenirs and Journaling
Everyone wants to create family memories through travel. However, those memories are best preserved when you bring back mementos from your vacations. It’s easy enough to take photos, shoot video, buy a few postcards or keep a journal. Yet, many of us don’t take the time to do so because we’re too busy enjoying ourselves in the moment. Of course, it’s a good idea to take in everything that’s around you but if you were to just follow a few tips, you could bring back the memories of your family vacation and be able to relive them whenever you liked.
How to Avoid Unwelcome Surprises When Traveling
The family vacation. A time of relaxation and rest, but too often also a time of stress and mishaps.
The internet is full of horror stories that depict travel going wrong. Fortunately, by taking some pre-vacation precautions, you can make sure that you won't end up on a TV show about the worst travel experiences.
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