It’s that time of year again! Planning, packing, worrying, and spending your paycheck; all in the name of some family fun at the beach. If you happen to be a parent of a child with any sort of special needs, this can also be a time of concern trying to create the master plan to keep him or her content on a flight to your destination. Here’s the beat way of thinking about this situation- your child won’t be the first nor the last to ever board a flight with special needs, and they certainly aren’t the only child to possibly not enjoy their time in the friendly skies, so although it can be nerve wracking to parents, try to relax as much as possible as kids start to worry when they see you worried.
Plan and Pack. Don’t get on a plane with a book or an iPad and expect all to go smoothly, as kids need to be stimulated, especially on a long flight. Think about what they like to be focused on, and toss those “go to” items in a backpack. Story books, coloring books, cars, Barbie dolls; whatever they love to play with that isn’t too big to tote on plane, toss in their bag.