There is nothing that compares to the overwhelming feeling that comes when you fly with an autistic kid. Airlines and airports are filled with all sorts of triggers, you know the loud announcements, bright lights, security checkpoints, crowded places to mention but a few. Of course, these are some of the typical triggers of anxiety attacks on people with autism. The good news is that flying doesn’t have to be an overwhelming and emotionally stressful process if you take the right measures. 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. We all know just how boring the stop overs can be when on a long flight. See, going for a non-stop flight means you are avoiding the worst part of flying: takeoff and landing. This is because there is so much turbulence that can trigger a very bad panic attack for a kid with autism. 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 other important measure you should take when travelling with an autistic child is to help them prepare. Through this, you can play an important role in anxiety control through several measures such as helping the kid pack their backpack. Some of the must-have items in the carryon bag of an autistic child include chewing hum, noise cancelling headphones or earplugs, and some calming objects that they are used to. Chewing helps ease ear pain when the altitudes are changing. It might also be in your best interest to pack non-technology items. 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. Of course, this is best achieved through non-technology items that your autistic child has associated with emotional stability and calming effects in the past. And when all is said and done, positive words of affirmation along the flight journey will go a long way in keeping your autistic child calm.