5 of the Best Tips for Traveling With Special Needs Kids


All children need to experience the joy of adventure. And certainly, special-needs children are no exception to that rule.

It’s empowering for parents like Molly David, whose daughter, Reagan, is 22 and has severe disabilities, to break the stereotype that their children are unable to live full lives.

David has always taken her daughter on family outings, since she was a baby. “It has allowed Reagan to be fully part of our lives. It never occurred to us to not travel with her,” David says.

Traveling With Special Needs Kids

Travel is unquestionably one of the best ways to strengthen family relationships and create lasting memories.

If you, like David, wish to make travel joyful for a special-needs child, here is some professional advice on how to make your child’s experience enjoyable.

1. Start Small

Preparing thoroughly helps to ease your child’s anxiety and prepares them for the trip’s new experiences.

3. Create a Child-Centric Vacation

Ultimately, the trip should be about your child; as such, Barclay emphasizes allowing them to have a say and considering their choices and interests when deciding where to visit.

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