It's tough enough to fly with kids - but being with kids who have sensory processing disorder is even more difficult. Below are some tips to help.
8 TIPS FOR FLYING WITH A CHILD WITH SPD:
- Bring noise canceling headphones.
- Make sure your child has slept and is well fed prior to the flight so he or she is regulated.
- Be prepared with food and water during the flight, especially if the flight is long.
- Bring a heavy object to help calm your child. Examples include a book, laptop, or a weighted blanket or vest.
- Try to schedule your flight during nap time or at night if your child is able to sleep comfortably on planes. If the flight is during the day, try and have your child run around and use his or her energy before the flight.
- Gum chewing or sucking on a lollipop may be helpful to help regulate your child.
- Have activities ready for the plane. It can be a good time to practice fine motor skills.
- Create a visual schedule for your child. Include everything from driving to the airport, waiting in the terminal, taking off, eating snacks to landing and getting luggage. This way your child will be prepared and feel less anxious about what to expect.