Ways to Build Up Courage in Traveling
Does your family dream of taking a big vacation like so many other families do? Are you unsure if you could manage it? Maybe you have a special needs child and are worried about having appropriate accommodations at your destination. Maybe you are worried your child would be upset by the changes in routine a vacation involves. Just because your family is special needs doesn't mean you can explore the world and enjoy a vacation. Many special needs families find vacations are a fantastic bonding experience and help the entire family learn and grow. Prior to going on your dream vacation you may want to build up courage in traveling to give yourself confidence that your family can have a successful experience. Consider these tips.
If your family has never slept away from home consider doing small practice runs prior to taking a long vacation. For example, see if a family member or friend would be willing to host your family for a 1 night trip. This will give you the opportunity to try staying away overnight in safe, welcoming environment. If a family member is not close by then consider booking a local hotel for a night.
Bend the Rules
You may find that the bedtime routine needs to be slightly different when you are away from home. Your child may not feel comfortable falling asleep by themselves and may require a parent in the room or even holding them. Be flexible and bend the rules for the vacation. When you return home your child will likely be right back in the regular routine in the normal environment.
Have you dreamed of a beach vacation or a theme park? A special needs family can travel to any type of destination. If a beach is what you desire look for one that is wheelchair accessible or employs inclusion specialists. Along the same lines, certain theme parks have a better reputation for accommodating families with special needs than others. When selecting your destination try to find a location that meets your desires but also has a good reputation with special needs families. It is possible to find hotel rooms that are autism friendly, childproofed or have restaurants offering food items for a variety of special diets. Knowing that you will be staying at a place that offers special features to help families with special needs will increase your confidence that your family will have a successful vacation experience.
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