Family Travel: Camping Ideas for Parents of Autistic Children
If you have an autistic child, one of the best family travel ideas is camping. Going camping is friendly to your budget, and will also allow you to get away from some of the distractions that might be a problem at some other destinations. Here are some tips that will make your camping adventure much more enjoyable for the entire family.
Avoid busy campgrounds near major tourist attractions, as these can be somewhat noisy, and may therefore disturb your child. Instead, choose a smaller tent camping facility like those offered at most state parks instead. If you’re feeling brave enough, you could even elect to visit a primitive location in a national forest in order to truly get away. If you do choose this route, a camping toilet is a must so you won’t have to worry about your child venturing into the woods whenever it’s time to go.
Pack a set of earplugs in the event outdoor noise is bothersome for your child. You’ll likely have to worry about this more if you are staying at a campground; however, noise could still be a problem even in remote areas.
Make sure someone is responsible for your child at all times, and that everyone knows who is on watch and when. Rotate responsibilities so that no one is overwhelmed by watching after your son or daughter all the time.
Plan simple activities with your child in order to keep him or her entertained without experiencing sensory overload. Taking a nature walk, playing on a playground or going swimming are all fun activities that will allow everyone to relax and unwind, while still having a good time together. In fact, swimming can be one of the best ways to calm your autistic child, which means an evening swim just before bedtime could be in order to help him or her sleep well.
Going camping with your special needs child can be one of the best experiences you will ever have. For more information on traveling with autistic children, contact us.
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