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Vacation with Special Needs Kids? It is Possible!

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Summer is almost here and while everyone else is planning their awesome family getaway, you think of your special needs kids and wonder if their autism, their wheelchair, their behavior, their specific medical condition(s) or their medication schedule could ever allow you to all get away as a family.

Some of the particular challenges to family vacations with special needs kids is handling the changes in the daily routine and the sights and sounds of vacation travel and activities — which can be the source of meltdowns in autistic children.

Unfortunately, this is one of those topics that experts can’t really help with and really what most parents are looking for in this regard, can only come from other parents who have tried it.

With two children on opposite ends of the age and learning disability spectrum, I know how challenging finding activities to satisfy my family can be. Just thinking about being in a car, train or plane with my younger, more active, and extremely sensory stimulated child in particular can be rather overwhelming.

What astonished me as I dug through the internet looking for information on appropriate vacation ideas for children with special needs was the fact that there were some. That vacation resorts and parks, etc., and their staff would make the effort to be accommodating.

So often, families with children with special needs are met with barriers in the form of people who couldn’t be bothered, who would see such families as a burden rather than as a family who has just as much right (and need) to be there as families with neurotypical children.

Vacations for Special Needs Families Tips

So here are a few tips to help you find and plan the right vacation idea for your special needs family:

Vacation for Special Needs Kids Tip #1

Get connected with support organization(s) for your particular disease or disability. They will have resources on resorts, parks or other vacation destinations that will be friendly to kids with that particular disease or disability.

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