Situations that Call for Courage in Traveling: Flying and Going to a New Country
Nothing expands your mind quite like traveling. And now that we’re so technologically advanced that you can reach the other side of the world in less than a day, there’s no reason why you and your special needs child shouldn’t travel. However, leaving the place you live in can take a certain amount of courage for both, parents and children. No matter where you’re traveling, it’s going to be unfamiliar. You’re not going to know how to do things--what roads to take, what trains to catch or what places to eat in. And if it’s going to be difficult for you, it will definitely also be difficult for your child. How can you both conquer your fear of the unfamiliar and take that leap? Here are a couple of situations that call for courage in traveling:
Many people--adults as well as children--have a fear of flying. Of course, there are now courses you can take that simulate the flying environment so that you and your child can conquer your fears before you start your journey. But even if your fear is of the milder variety, it can make flying quite unpleasant. You might break out in a cold sweat, your heart might start palpitating and you might feel breathless. If you or your special needs child suffer from these symptoms, the answer is to relax as deeply as possible. You can do this by taking deep breaths, avoiding alcohol and caffeine or listening to a relaxing piece of music. You can also make sure that your child remains occupied with books or games throughout the journey.
Going to a New Country
Going to a new country can also be an anxiety-producing experience. You and your child are going to be surrounded by people who speak a different language (or speak the same language differently). They’ll be dressed differently and have different customs. Often, people feel like they’re going to be making fools of themselves when they go to a new country. You may not realize it but children also share these anxieties and can pick up things from the adults surrounding them. It’s a good idea to research the place you’re going to visit before you go. It’s great if you or your child feel like trying something new, like eating an exotic dish or going to the natural history museum. But if trying something new makes you or your child very uncomfortable, feel free to set boundaries.
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