Entering the airport
Getting boarding passes
Passing through security
Boarding an airplane
The families will experience all details of the process including taking a moving walkway, waiting in line, showing ID, and removing shoes for security. The engines of the airplane are kept running so the children experience how it feels and sounds. Although the plane doesn't actually take off the cabin door is closed and the safety announcements completed. The children are also invited to see the pilots in the cockpit.
Where a child will struggle varies depending on the child. Some are uncomfortable walking down the jetway and others are uncomfortable with the seatbelt being buckled. Some families are surprised to find their child has no issues. This provides the family confidence that air travel will not be a problem.
Not only does this provide a benefit for families with special needs children but it also provides professionals who work at the airport the opportunity to learn how to deliver their services effectively to families with a child with autism spectrum disorder. Airport employees, airline employees and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees all benefit from the program.
The events offered are free but participants must register first. The goal is to help families of children with special needs overcome fear of traveling by air. Wings for Autism provides the program at a variety of airports.
For more information about flying with a special needs child contact us.
Flying with a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Taking a plane trip with a child with autism spectrum disorder can be stressful. The experience will likely cause anxiety for your child. In addition they will probably experience long lines and loud noises during the unfamiliar process of navigating the airport.
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