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Tips to Help You Fly and Travel around with an Autistic Child

There is nothing that compares to the overwhelming feeling that comes when you fly with an autistic kid. Airlines and airports are filled with all sorts of triggers, you know the loud announcements, bright lights, security checkpoints, crowded places to mention but a few. These are few of the many things that can worsen anxiety attacks on a child with autism. The good news is that flying doesn’t have to be an overwhelming and emotionally stressful process if you take the right measures. 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. See, going for a non-stop flight means you are avoiding the worst part of flying: takeoff and landing. See, the turbulence that comes with landing and takeoff can trigger a very bad anxiety attack on a child with autism. No doubt you may not have much control over the turbulence, but then cutting down on multiple stop overs can save the day.

The second important part when planning to fly with an autistic child is to help them prepare. For example, helping your autistic child pack their backpack for the flight ahead can go along way in helping them prepare for the flight ahead. Ensure they pack calming objects which they can have on their carryon bag, carry some earplugs or noise cancelling headphones, and don’t forget to include chewing gum on the package. Using chewing gum has worked for many in the past when looking to ease pain in the ears as the altitudes start to change. By the same token, ensure you pack some non-technology items with you to use during the flight. There will be a point during the flight when all technology will need to be shut down so its good to have the child mentally prepared for the shut-down. And how best to do this than with their favorite non-technology item that they have associated with happy emotional feelings in the past? And when all is said and done, positive words of affirmation along the flight journey will go a long way in keeping your autistic child calm.

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