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21 Aug 2017
August 21, 2017

Keeping Children Occupied on Airplanes

August 21, 2017

Taking a family vacation is an incredibly exciting time, but getting to your destination can be a challenge, particularly if you have to fly. Navigating airports, boarding the plane, and gathering your luggage can present unique challenges when you have a child with special needs. We’ve put together some tips for you to make traveling an easier process for you and your family.

Keeping Children Occupied on Airplanes

Traveling with a child with disabilities

  1. Plan ahead. Call the airport and airline officials in advance to check on things that are important to you and your child. If your child isn’t accustomed to crowds and a lack of privacy, find out where people with disabilities can receive their security screening. When speaking with the airport, security, or airline personnel, don’t use highly technical terms. By law, “disabled” or “special needs” is all you are required to say.
  2. Give your family adequate time. Get to the airport early, and when you’ve passed through security, leave plenty of time to walk around and get acclimated to the high-sensory input environment. Getting a little exercise can also help tire your child out for a long plane flight.
  3. Schedule flights strategically. Make sure you have scheduled your flight, if at all possible, at one of the calmest and most typically serene times of your child’s day. If your child still naps at a reasonable time, booking your flight during that time would be advised.
  4. Prepare for picky eaters. It is also best to make sure that you have adequate snacks or meals planned for your child, as picky eaters tend to shy away from airport and airplane food.
  5. Keep your child occupied. Long flights can be difficult for a child with special needs. Let your child pick a movie, book, or self-contained toy to play with on the airplane.

Our team at Tiny Tots Therapy loves to work with schools, families, and individuals, in order to provide the best family therapy in New Jersey. Our child-focused care is cutting edge, and our clients and instructors have had great results. As one of the most trustworthy and well-regarded therapy practices in New Jersey, we have locations throughout the state. To learn more about what Tiny Tots can do for your child, call us at 1-888-951-TOTS (8687).  

Field trips are those rare and wonderful breaks from the relative monotony of a school day. They can be educational, hands-on, and facilitate all types of learning environments. For some students, however, they can be overstimulating, anxiety-inducing, and cause a complete shut down or regression. At Tiny Tots Therapy, we use a teamwork-based model. If your little one is having trouble adjusting to field trips, we recommend working with your child’s care team.

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Working through your child’s emotions

Sometimes children don’t feel ready to take on a new challenge. Other times overstimulation can be the root cause of field-trip anxiety. When you’re working with a child with special needs, you want to make sure you’re helping him or her name the emotion. Once you know what your child is feeling, you can help create a world of support.

Overstimulation is a bit different from anxiety, though it can lead to anxiety and shut down. Sensory processing problems can come in the form of reactions to sound, light, touch, and other sensory input, like taste. If your child is bothered by things like lights, loud noises, or changes in scenery, it could be due to a sensory processing disorder.

Field trips can be a world of fear-inducing stimulation, even for kids without sensory issues. If your child uses a tool to help him or her calm down – such as a blanket, bubbles, or headphones – ensure that these items are allowed during field trips. When your child is leaving or returning, make sure that he or she feels calm, in control of the environment, safe enough to process the big day and comfortable sharing details about the experience. If possible, when your child is very young, it’s ideal that you or another caretaker accompany your child on a field trip. It is not always necessary or advisable as they grow older.

The most important element of preparing for a field trip is working with your child’s care team to give your child a fair sense of what to expect during the day. Don’t become upset if he or she obsessively wants to discuss the details of the day with you. You, your child’s therapist, and the teacher should be ready to assist as needed throughout this process.

Tiny Tots Therapy is committed to teaching coping skills and individualized therapy modalities to children who are easily overstimulated. We serve children of all ages and offer child-based therapies that make us one of the most beloved therapy practices throughout  New Jersey. To learn more about what Tiny Tots Therapy can do for your child, call us at 1-888-951-TOTS (8687), or contact us online.