10 From GEM:
Travelling with Special Needs Children
Preparing to travel and travelling can be daunting at best for a typical family. Factor in travelling with a special needs child and things take on a different perspective. For many people, the onerous task of gathering and organizing all the needed equipment and supplies can be enough to make them stay put and not travel at all. But life becomes too routine and cyclical, seeing and doing the same things over and over again, passing the time from one day to another while frustration begins to escalate. Everyone needs a recharge. Everyone needs a new environment. Everyone needs rest. While the task of preparing for a trip is great, the benefits from the trip will be everlasting and before you know it, you’ll become an expert at packing and it won’t seem tedious at all.
These 10 From GEM tips are based on personal experience, having travelled with a special needs child from a young age.
1. Acclimate Your Child Before Your Trip
Acclimate your child by searching online for videos and photos of the destination, the accommodations and even the tourist spots to be visited. Youtube and searching images on your computer is a great place to begin. You can also visit local libraries and bookstores and look through books there. That's also a great way to get out and into the community.