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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Special needs travel for any reason takes organization. Vacations, which usually last several days, can be daunting. Children with special needs may not experience a destination or an activity the way other family members do, but that does not mean they do not enjoy it. One child, who is delayed, does not speak and is not mobile, smiles broadly when he is taken fishing. Why? He loves the feeling of dragging his hand through the cool water. His parents plan at least one water-based activity for the family when they travel.
Planning is the key, and it starts with the trip itself. If you are traveling by plane, you should inform the airline of any needs you have, including spatial requirements. Travel by auto should be along routes with frequent rest stops. Destination is important too. Kids who have autism probably need more active and structured vacations. Destinations with kids' programs are good; those that accommodate special needs with directed activities are great. Parents of special needs children can't be reluctant to call ahead and make their needs, including dietary restrictions, understood. Because of the Americans with Disabilities Act, most public places have ramps and wheelchair accessible restrooms, elevators and guestrooms. Talking to other parents of special needs children may help you find a destination that goes beyond that minimal accommodation and really provides a great experience for "special families."
Traveling with a special-needs child for the first time can be daunting. Be assured, though, that for thousands of families like yours it is a time they would not trade for the world.
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