Reach For The Stars Pediatric Therapy Blog

Reach For The Stars with this pediatric therapy and autism services blog by the national early intervention company Achieve Beyond serving CA, CT, FL, MD, NJ, NY and VA continuing to expand. This blog features stories about special needs children, professional therapists and editorials for special needs parents.

Tips for Traveling

  1. Practice makes progress!

    • Practice visiting similar places in advance.
    • Show your child pictures and videos of where you will go.
    • Talk about the trip in the weeks prior to departure.
    • Use a timer to practice for waiting.

  2. Contact guest services in advance!

    • Many theme parks, airlines, and hotels will provide special accommodations for your child.
    • Prepare for sensory issues, special diets, limit waiting time, etc.

  3. Provide choices!

    • Let your child help to choose toys and snacks to bring with them.
    • Let them choose which seat they will sit in or whose hand they will hold.
    • Allow your child to take a break from the activity if they need to.

  4. Prepare for sensory concerns!

    • Pack noise cancelling headphones/earplugs.
    • On the plane choose seats towards the front for less noise.
    • Bring a variety of fidget toys for your child to hold.
    • Prepare to board first to avoid the crowds.

  5. Safety first!

    • Consider having your child wear an ID tag/tattoo/shirt, etc. in case they get lost.
    • Wearable GPS trackers can be helpful if your child is a runner or wanders off.

  6. Prep your environment!

    • Ensure that the room you will stay in will be conducive to your child’s sensory needs.
    • Ensure that dietary needs can be met, or plan to pack alternatives for your child.
    • Make sure that there is someone available to take breaks in another area with your child if they become overwhelmed.

  7. Family watch system!

    • Rotate providing 1:1 support for your child with other family members. This will create a more manageable trip for everyone.

  8. Reinforce good behavior!

    • Remember to provide rewards to your child in order to reinforce appropriate behavior throughout the trip.

  9. Keep your routine!

    • Try to keep as normal as a routine as possible while you are away. This will help your child to predict some of their day.

  10. Create a schedule.

    • Use a picture schedule to show your child what will happen throughout each day.
    • Review the schedule in advance and throughout the day. The more predictable the day is, the easier it will be for your child to adjust.

By: Sarah McLaughlin, M.A., ABA Clinical Supervisor – Queens

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