Traveling & Asperger’s Children do not mix. It can be an enjoyable experience for the whole family if you do a little homework and preparation .
Thankfully by the time he was a pre-schooler. Knowing these tricks and skills will improve you and your child’s life. First, you need to look at the world through your child’s eyes. Imagine that everywhere you go is like a first time trip to a foreign country.
Children have no idea how society works. They don’t know the foods and they can’t read the menu and convert what they read into something they have ever eaten. They are not certain
they will ever go home again. While we as adults think that these worries are ridiculous, they aren’t to a child. The first step in going somewhere with a child is to prepare them for where they are going.
Think of it as a first day orientation for a job. Explain what it will most likely look and sound like. If you think it is going to be loud, bring them earplugs or headphones for them to listen to something they like.
Always pack a bag of things for them to do and snacks for them to eat.
Always over pack. son is now twenty and I still help him pack if we are going somewhere new. Teach them a sign or signal that the entire family knows that informs you that your child needs a break or that they are becoming overwhelmed. An example of this would be when my family went to my
niece and nephews anniversary party at Buca di Beppo. This restaurant is loud and has pictures everywhere. To tell the truth it was overly stimulating for myself as well. If Teddy pulls his ear, it means he needs help. We have been doing this for years. He is much calmer because he knows he can be helped or can find a way out. I will let Teddy tell you how he copes when we travel to new and different places. In a future post. Overall Traveling&Asperger’s Children can be a pleasant experience if you know what to do.