Thursday, May 24, 2012

Road Trips With Kids

Recently I was sent a link to an article and then found the same article posted to Pinterest by a friend and co-worker of mine. The article has 70+ tips and tricks for taking road trips with children with special needs. Some of the topics covered: car safety, food, medical equipment, preparing your child, seating arrangements, frequent stops, paperwork and protection, knowing your limits, over and under stimulation. Here is the opening paragraph from the article:

It’s road trip season.  If you have a child with special needs, as I do, then you know it will take extra planning — and you have no idea if your best-laid plans will be successful until you actually go.
Travel always involves some risks for a child with medical needs or sensory issues.  But there are also significant benefits for traveling by car, such as:
  • Being able to bring medical equipment or comforting items from home
  • Freedom to make as many stops as necessary and to customize your itinerary
  • Being up close and personal with your family for long periods of bonding
  • Changing your daily routine and exploring new environments to learn life skills
  • Developing emotional regulation
  • Stimulating speech and language development with constantly changing scenery
My husband and I have spent years finding ways to balance the risks and benefits of a road trip, and we’ve asked for input from other families in our situation.  These are the considerations that guide every road trip for our family.
This same website also has a great article for airports and special needs travel.

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