Travel Tips & Tricks
Whether it is your 1st or 100th family adventure, here are some tips and tricks to help make travel easier. Picking a destination, packing or navigating the airport, we hope these tips and tricks get you going!
The Importance of Travel to all Families: From Having Fun to Creating a Non-Competitive Environment
If you have a special needs child, you might think that it’s more important to help your child adjust to a daily life routine rather than going on vacation. Everyone wants things to be easier for their children, so your focus might be on helping your child to grow, academically and socially. However, the truth is that taking some time off from a daily routine can really help a special needs child to come back with a fresh mind and do even better at school. It can also help parents who are stressed out (and this includes all parents, not just the ones with special needs children) to better understand their children’s needs. If you’re still unconvinced about the importance of travel to all families, read on for a few reasons why you should take your special needs child on vacation:
To have fun. It sounds a bit too simple to be true but everyone needs to have some fun, whether they’re parents or children. For a special needs child, there might be many sources of frustration in day-to-day life, from the inability to concentrate on schoolwork for a child with ADHD to the lack of facilities available in some places for those with physical disabilities. Your child is probably wonderful and courageous and able to take a lot of these things in their stride. But this doesn’t mean that they don’t feel frustrated at all. Sometimes, it helps to go somewhere new and just have some fun so that you can return to the daily grind with a smile on your face.
To try new things. Experimentation can lead to breakthroughs. If you look back at the history of humanity, you’ll find that many great innovations were the result of experimentation. You or your special needs child might not need to invent anything new but experimentation might help the two of you understand what’s needed to encourage the child’s growth. For example, you might find that a child who has a cognitive impairment loves going to museums because they have a creative, artistic mind. On the other hand, taking a child with a reading disability to a science museum might reveal their affinity for science rather than language.
To create a non-competitive environment. Whether you like it or not, school tends to be a competitive environment where kids are constantly trying to outdo each other, academically and socially. When you take your child on vacation, you’re giving them a non-competitive environment where they can just be themselves and don’t have to prove that they’re better than anyone else. Some people might function better in a competitive environment and some might function better in a non-competitive environment. So it would be a good idea to find out if this type of environment will help your child to grow.
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