Tips to Help You Fly and Travel around with an Autistic Child
Taking a flight for business or leisure or to visit family can be quite overwhelming for most people particularly when traveling with an autistic kid. There are so many triggers at the airport and during the flying process, the likes of bright lights, loud announcements, crowded places, security checkpoints etc. Of course, these are some of the typical triggers of anxiety attacks on people with autism. But then again there are measures you can take as a parent to help mitigate the situation and fly successfully and peacefully with your baby. Here are a few basic tips put together for you to get you started into preparing for and travelling with a child with autism. The following are some of the measures most parents have had a huge success with when it comes to flying with children with autism. Here are more or less effective strategies you can implement to get you started in the process.
One secret that has worked for millions of parents with kids with autism is to choose the flying route with the shortest flight hours as possible. Even better is if you found a short route that has no stopovers along the way with connecting flights et al. Long flights often comes with multiple stop overs and this can make a kid impatient. When you take a long flight, it means you will minimize the two worst experiences for an autistic person during flight: takeoff and landing. You can bet the turbulence in these two instances make the worst of panic attacks especially to an autistic child. While there is nothing really you can do about this downside of flying, you bet you will have a wonderful time when you avoid a repetition in a single journey.
The second important part when planning to fly with an autistic child is to help them prepare. Through this, you can play an important role in anxiety control through several measures such as helping the kid pack their backpack. In their carryon bag, ensure you have packed enough chewing gums for the journey, noise cancelling headphones or earplugs and the calming objects they have used in the past. We all know how effective chewing gum is when looking to ease ear pain as the altitudes start to change. Still on point, it is important that you pack enough non-technology items with you for the journey. If you have flown before you know there will reach a point during the flight when the attendants will call for the shutdown of all technology stuff so its important that both you and your kid with autism are fully prepared. And how best to do this than with their favorite non-technology item that they have associated with happy emotional feelings in the past? No matter how turbulent the flight will get, probably the best feeling in the world is to give positive words of affirmation constantly both before, during, and after the flight.