Handling Triggers While Traveling With Your Special Needs Child
When you have a child with special needs traveling can present some unique challenges. With a little planning you can help deflect some of the issues that can trigger a meltdown and make your trip more enjoyable for your child.
First, take a moment to consider the normal triggers for your child. Typically there is a recognizable set that includes hunger, over stimulation, physical discomfort and over tiredness. When you prepare for the expected issues by packing items that will quickly meet your child's needs, you will be more at ease when those unexpected ones pop up.
Hunger: Healthy, nonperishable snacks like granola and fresh fruits are great for traveling. Allowing your child to string some "o" shaped cereal onto yarn is a fun snack they can eat and wear. A small insulated lunch box can allow you to keep some snacks cool longer.
Over Stimulation: Keep some quick and easy distractions on hand for when your child needs a break. Some good ideas include an mp3 player (or any mobile music device) with ear buds, books or a portable DVD player. Plan breaks as needed, even fun can become overwhelming. Consider breaking up the excitement with calmer activities.
Physical Comfort: When traveling you may experience temperature changes so it is helpful to dress your child in layers that can be removed as needed. If your adventures include a lot of outdoor activities, hydration is a must and your child may need extra breaks to cool down (or warm up).
These are just a few things to keep in mind to help make your travel fun and memorable. Your child may have more unique needs but when you plan ahead you free yourself to enjoy this time with your family. For more suggestions or assistance with your traveling needs please feel free to contact us, we're glad to help!
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