Tips for Flying With an Autistic Child
If you follow along with the chaos that is our life, then you may know that we recently took our first flight with the kids! We had avoided travel that included flights due to cost and to the fact that we did know how our son, who has autism, would do in an airport and on a plane.
When it was time to take our first flight, we did some prep-work with the kiddo, to get him ready for the airport and the flight. Kids with sensory issues can have a hard time in crowded, loud places where they have no control. One of the ways that we got him ready was with an airport social story.
What is an Airport Social Story?
A Social Story can be a written or visual guide describing various social interactions, situations, behaviors, skills or concepts. We use social stories to explain, model behaviors, teach and praise individuals with autism and/or other behavioral disorders.
We find that social stories can be helpful with our daily routines. I also use them as cues for things, how to get dressed or the proper way to use a bathroom. They can also be used for more adventurous things like a school field trip or even, a weekend flight to the beach!
Download the Airport Social Story:
Remember, social stories are a great tool for all kids. Not just those with sensory or processing issues!
With proper preparation and maybe, a great airport social story, your kids' flights can, hopefully, be as successful as ours!
Here's to happy kiddos and happy family travels, thanks to our airport social story!