So skip the sensory overloaded Disney World trip right? I mean, obviously, if it’s tough don’t do it. But guess what, a week at the beach, the lake, grandparent’s house, etc all are still not part of my son’s weekly routine. Most of the time, he can get through it, but, what kind of vacation is that for him…getting through what is supposed to be relaxing down time with friends and family.
I have learned over the years that vacations can be enjoyable for my son as long as we prepare ahead of time. New location? Let’s check out some pics on Google of things to do, things that would make him happy and not overload his sensory system. New hotel? Guess what, almost all hotel sites have photos of their property. Not only can you look at them online, you can call and ask for a room that might be away from the elevators, the lobby, etc, someplace quieter. Ask if there is a small conference room your son or daughter can chill out in when the tight quarters of the family are too much. If your son or daughter finds water soothing, find a hotel with an indoor pool where he can cool off and get a much needed reprieve (and make sure to find out how secure that pool area is so as to avoid any safety concerns). New restaurant and a picky eater? No worries if there is no grilled cheese on the menu, just call ahead and ask if they could make one or if you can carry in your son or daughter’s favorite food from somewhere else.
My son will often say, “I don’t know what to expect” so by doing what we can before we jump in the family truckster on our summer road trip and preparing him for how we think the vacation will go, certainly helps. In Disney World, he loved checking the itinerary for what was next. It helped him prepare his body and his mind for what was coming. Obviously, most of us have no crystal ball so we can’t predict what is going to happen, but, we can do our best to help prepare our kids so the unexpected isn’t quite so, well, unexpected.