Travel with Special Needs Child

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Has anyone here ever traveled with a child who has behavioral issues caused by their Special Needs?

Did you talk to the airline ahead of time? What do they suggest

What do you suggest?

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Margalit - posted on 04/06/2011

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Hello,
My older son now seventeen has autism and major behavior issues but that has never detered us from extensively traveling.
Yes-call the airline and flag your reservation as special needs .
I actually have a whole non profit web site dedicated to autistic travel called www.autisticglobetrotting.com where you will find many of the answers to your questions.If you
still need any help with tips or advice feel free to contact me on the web page or here.
Margalit

Margalit - posted on 04/06/2011

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Hello,
My older son now seventeen has autism and major behavior issues but that has never detered us from extensively traveling.
Yes-call the airline and flag your reservation as special needs .
I actually have a whole non profit web site dedicated to autistic travel called www.autisticglobetrotting.com where you will find many of the answers to your questions.If you
still need any help with tips or advice feel free to contact me on the web page or here.
Margalit

Nicole - posted on 02/25/2011

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I have taken my son with me to volunteer in Uganda twice now and he is very adhd. Two days on a plane and layovers!!! UUUUGGGHHH! I decided to buy many used ( so cheaper) games for his Nintendo Ds and pull a new one out as a surprise when things got tough. I packed lots of snacks, chose the seat nearest to the bathroom in the very back so atleast we didn't have to disturb the people behind us and in front of us. I also brought benedryl and melatonin so if he was sleepy but could not sleep he could rest easier. I was extra friendly to the people around me and apologized if things got tough for awhile and they were usually understanding and compassionate seeing your efforts. If you have a portable dvd player to bring some movies that helps too.

Angee - posted on 10/21/2010

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I am a travel agent, and fly quite a bit with my 8 yr. old, who has behavioral issues due to ADHD and autism. He actually does really well since I have prepared us both well in advance. I read him social stories and books about flying so that he knows what to expect. I spend time shopping for "surprises" that I can wrap and bring out on the trip as needed. I also make sure he has a good stash of movies to choose from. Sitting next to the window is a must, as he can watch the world go by, and I am a buffer to the rest of the plane. Bringing his favorite stuffed animal and blanket has helped alot too.

Alison - posted on 06/05/2010

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My son has Mild mental retardation along with behaviour issues and severe anxiety. He loves to fly. Its always nerve wracking as you never know if he will act up but just be prepared for the worst then youwill get something better.

I always talked with the airline ahead of time to get their advice on how to make it easier on my child. Some airlines allow you to bypass the lines it all depends on the airline and severity of the disability. Portable DVDplayers work great, MP3 players and books, paper and even a roll of tape works wonders while traveling on a plane. It keeps them occupied and if you are sitting close enough to the back they may even fall asleep due ot the humming noise of the engine.

Most importantly dont worry about what anyone else says about your child becuase they dont know the situation and they have not walked a mile in your shoes.

Monica - posted on 05/11/2010

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My son fidgets a lot in lines at Disney we were able to ask at the costumer service a fast past, and on the trips, to keep him busy we use all sort of stuff: portable MP3 player, he listens or we all sing, DVD player, the leapster 2, games: "i spy", counting, rhymes. We use a traveling tray for play dough, magic markers. He read to us and we give him stickers for each activity, that he could redeem for something special, ie ice cream.

Good luck, and Happy trip!

Shannon - posted on 05/10/2010

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I have a 8 year old who has ADHD/Behavior Problems. We have never been flying but we have been on a 20 hour drive. The only way to keep her from not having a fit is to have her something to do. She always has to have something to occupide her time. We bring DS, Books, Dvd player, and Coloring Books.

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