Travel Tips for Parents of Children with Asperger’s Syndrome-Teddy Frost
I have been blessed to be able to travel throughout the U.S. It can be difficult to travel with me though because I have Asperger’s Syndrome. If just one hair is out of place I do not want to stay at a certain hotel.
I and many other Aspies need a quite space to relax and disconnect from the outside world. A room with flashing lights and noises that sound when you move just don’t work.
I would be playing with them all night and would never get any sleep and neither would my family. Parents need to search for places that there Aspies can go when they feel overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of traveling.
Just a simple café with quiet music can help a child relax and rejuvenate. This is especially necessary if you are going to a metropolis like New York City or London. You can just be on the street for ten minutes and your child could feel overstimulated.
You need to come up with a subtle signal that only you and your child know that can tell you when he or she feels overwhelmed. For instance have your child pull on their ears to signal that they are overwhelmed.
When traveling on the road or in an airplane for extended periods of time make sure that your child has plenty of toys and games to keep them company. If not your child will be a living nightmare until you finally find them forms of entertainment to keep them busy.
Aspies in a way are like cats. They are fine when they have plenty to do but become vicious tigers when they are bored and have no entertainment. The only difference is your child will just be super annoying instead of peeing on your bed pillow because you pissed them off.
Make sure that if one of the child’s parents are terrified of airplanes that he sits nowhere near them. If he does not see an example of that behavior he should not learn to be afraid of airplanes by example like my parents taught me.
If your Aspie is anything like me he will pack and repack his suitcase at least three times until he is ready. He will pack his suitcase with stuff for almost any occasion.
This is not a bad thing you just got to teach them that if you have a full suitcase before you even arrive there will be no room for the souvenirs you buy.
Like most kids they will unpack half of their suitcase so that they can bring home as much stuff as they possibly can. With any situation Aspies need to know what is expected of them so they can behave accordingly.
If they do not know the rules they are lost because social rules are not an Aspies strong suit. If you asked them about their special interest that would be a different story.