Traveling with a Special Needs Child

Going out of town for vacation rejuvenates most of us, but those interruptions in routine can throw a child with special needs into a tailspin. Many parents might settle for a staycation, figuring it to be the least stressful option, even if it penalizes other siblings eager to bolt town.

But experts say with some careful planning and preparation, families with children of all types can enjoy hitting the road (or skies) for a trip that will yield more rewards than meltdowns.

“It’s always about preparing the person and preparing the place,” said Chantal Sicile-Kara, founder of the Autism College and author of “Autism Life Skills” and several other books. “It’s about not packing too much stuff into the vacation, and scheduling down time and access to their favorite things.”

Read the whole story at the Washington Post.

Author: Kevin Mulligan

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