Trains, planes and automobiles! Pack your bags and head on out... Easier said than done! Travel and vacations can be great fun but they can also be a source of tremendous anxiety. There are a few things that can make a huge difference. The first thing is ask for help. When flying call ahead and ask for assistance with boarding the airplane, with transport between terminals and with finding a quiet place to pass time during a layover. If you are going by train call Amtrak and see what accommodations they can make. They will be happy to help!
It is also a good idea to bring a bag of things for your child. What parents have expressed works best is a variety of favorite foods plus a mixture of favorite toys/activities and new toys/activities. Make sure you call ahead to see what you can bring through security. If you have medications get a doctor's note that verifies what it is and why it is taken. It is also helpful (if you have time) to do a rehearsal by going to the airport and just hanging out and seeing the sights. This can reduce everyone's anxiety and make a huge difference! If you can't get to the airport, here is a link to some information and a social story for traveling by plane.
Here is a quick video on some other good tips...
Good luck and keep breathing... Safe travels everyone!
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