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Friday, July 25, 2014

Taking a Road Trip With an Autism Spectrum Child

It can be a very rewarding experience to take your Autism Spectrum child on a road trip. It does entail a certain amount of planning and patience to ensure that the trip is fun and an overall success. Autism Spectrum children do just fine on road trips when there has been enough forethought. Here are some of the things I have done to make road trips with my Autism Spectrum child successful.

  Medications
    Naturally, you will want to be sure that you have enough medication to take on the trip. In fact, it is wise to bring a lot more than you will need. I have had the unfortunate experience of dropping a large bottle of liquid anti- seizure medicine on the ground while I was unpacking the car at a hotel. It is best to bring a spare bottle.

  Car Modifications
    Do everything possible to have the car really comfortable for the Autism Spectrum child. This is achieved by purchasing sun shades and applying them to the windows. Leave space for him or her to look out, however. Also, get cup holders and a "t.v. tray" style of small table so the child can have things in front of him.

  Media
   It is a good idea to have CDs for the car CD player of the music that the child likes. Many Autism Spectrum children are greatly calmed and reassured by music and having familiar music in unfamiliar surroundings helps. Also, consider having headphones and portable CD players on hand. Some people also use DVD players in the car but I cannot figure out how this is done without running down the battery. If you know how to do this, having them watch DVDs in the car could be ideal.

  Shorten Driving Time
    When taking a cross-country or long car trip with Autism Spectrum children, it is optimal to shorten the driving time. Whereas you as an adult could probably drive eight hours a day straight through, the child is probably not going to be able to "take it" that long. I find that four hours of driving a day is our limit. There is no point in pushing the driving time to the point of exhaustion for all concerned. Remember: it is supposed to be fun, so keep driving time short.

  These are some of the guidelines I keep in mind when driving cross- country or on long trip with my Autism Spectrum child. Safeguard medications well. Make sure to have all the helpful car modifications. Bring helpful media along such as CDs, DVDs and headphones. Finally, keep the daily driving time short for all concerned.
  





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