You are always going to want to have your child wear identification when you go out and about. It’s just the wise thing to do. This will help others figure out how to get your child back to you
Obviously you are going to want to do everything you can not to lose your child. You will figure out what works best for the two of you
You are going to create some fun social stories that you can explain everything to your child. Let them know what you will be doing. Autistic children usually don’t like to be surprised.
I know I am always saying this, but you want to let your airline know that you are traveling with the special needs child. Do the same thing with your hotel. They will be able to help you if you let them know ahead of time
Does your child take medication? You might want to pack more than you think you should need. And this is especially true if you will be flying. You never know when you might lose your bags. And lately I keep hearing about people who are having to wait for a day or two before they can actually return home. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Bring food. A lot of people who have autism have special dietary needs. Your child might be allergic to a lot of things. Or he may be extremely picky. Take food that you know your child will eat. Doing this may save you a lot of headaches.
You will also want to take food for the drive itself. Trips can get boring. Having fun snacks can make things more interesting.
Is your child interested in books? Take some on your travels. Take games if your child likes those.
Your child with autism likely has things that give them comfort when they are stressed or unsure what to do. You will want to be sure to bring those things with you on any trips you take. Traveling can be stressful for those with autism. They may not know what to expect or how to act.
You should be sure to get papers saying that say that your child does in fact have autism. These papers are going to come in handy when you go to the different points of interests.
You may want to consider taking an outdoor adventure with your autistic child. Doing this will allow you to be very flexible in your schedule. When it’s time to try a new activity, try gently recommending it.
Most of you know what amusement parks are like. There’s always lots of noise, lots of delicious smells, and lots of bright lights and colors. It’s a lot for most people, but it’s over the top for someone who has sensory issues. But more and more of these amusement parks are realizing that people do have sensory issues, and are making accommodations. A lot of these parks have places you can go to relax. Here are some things that you will want to be sure to remember.
Bring your earplugs for your child.
Keep your days at the park short. Your child will get tired quickly.
And you will want to always want to go to these parks during their off season.
Last week we were talking about how travel can help take away your stress. It can get you away from your work and the house and everything you need to do day to day. But when you have a child who has autism, or maybe more than one child. It’s easier than you might imagine that it is. Let’s look at some tips that might help.
If you have never been on a trip with your child who has autism, you will want to take some smaller trips. I’m thinking that first you might want to go to a friend or relative who lives a couple hours away from you. See how your child does being in the car that long. Take a trip and see how he does in a hotel.
You are going to want to consider your child’s interests when planning your trips? Do they love space? Go somewhere where they have a space museum. Are horses their thing? Go for a horse farm.
Yes, consider your child with autism’s interests, but you also want to include all your family’s interests. You want to make it fun for everyone.
A lot of times when you stay at an all-inclusive resort, the food can be pretty unexciting at best. They are just trying to feed the masses. Let’s look at some places that might be different.
First we are going to look at La Casa De La Playa. Some of their restaurants are run by celebrity chefs. One of their restaurants has won the best restaurant award.
GarzaBianca Resort and Spa is new in Cancun. And it’s already known for its fine dining
No one is able to do the same thing daily after day, week after week, and not get tired of it. Doing this is going to cause you stress, and stress is not going for your body.
Doing the same thing all the time is going to wear out your brain. You will start to slow down and not be able to do your work. Getting away from work for a while is going give you fresh ideas.
Studies show that people who take vacations are just happier. Vacations are times to get more rest, enjoy time with family and friends. It also gives us more time for our hobbies.
The days where you are just doing your thing can get boring. They can pass in a blur. Going on vacations together as a family are great for making those memories. Getting away from your responsibilities will give you time to take adventures together. It can give you time to sit around at mealtimes and really talk to one another.
Travel will also give you, and your children, something talk to your friends about. It will give them something interesting to write about in school.
Planning to go somewhere is also going to give you something new to discuss. Get to know your children’s thoughts on where to go on your vacations. Discuss what everyone would like to do.
I know traveling with kids sometimes gets a bad rap. It does take a work. And sometimes things don’t go the way that you would like them to. But travel with your kids is so good for them and for you. Let’s look at some reasons.
We often get stuck in our ruts. We wake up, do our morning routines, go to work, get home, do dinner and homework with the kids and then get ready for bed, to wake up and do it all over again. Weekends you do all the things you don’t do during the week. Vacations taKe you out of your routine and give you time to relax and be together as a family.
Going on vacations will let your children discover that not everyone lives the way that you do. People look at things differently. Like did you know that people in other countries appreciate when you burp after eating their food.
And speaking of food, travel exposes your kids to different kinds of foods. You may be surprised at what they like and don’t like.