How to Plan your Flight With a Child with Autism
There is nothing that compares to the overwhelming feeling that comes when you fly 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. These are few of the many things that can worsen anxiety attacks on a child with autism. Luckily, there are simple measures you can take before, during and after the flight to help make the process less stressful to you and your child with autism. 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.
To get you started, how about you ensure the flight is as short as possible? It would even be best if you could find the right route that has zero stop overs along the journey. You see, the longer the flight is the many stop overs it may have and this never augurs pretty well with autistic kids who are naturally very impatient. See, going for a non-stop flight means you are avoiding the worst part of flying: 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. This way, you will be helping them control their anxiety e.g. by helping pack their own backpack. 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. We all know how effective chewing gum is when looking to ease ear pain as the altitudes start to change. By the same token, ensure you pack some non-technology items with you to use during the flight. 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. This is best done when you have their favorite non-tech item to make the transition a positive experience for them. 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.