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10 Tips to Help Kids With Sensory Processing Issues Avoid Travel Meltdowns


Traveling with kids can be tough no matter what. But sensory processing issues can add some unique challenges. These troubleshooting tips can help you anticipate your child’s needs and avoid vacation meltdowns.

1 of 10 Bring a “self-regulation” survival pack.
If your child has visual sensitivities or is sensitive to sounds, textures or smells, you might have already found tools that help him. Fill a small backpack with the items he might need (such as sunglasses, earplugs and fidgets). Keep it within his reach in the car or on the plane, so he can grab what he needs even if your focus is elsewhere. He may also benefit from the “heavy work” of carrying a backpack.

2 of 10 Pack familiar toiletries.

While it’s nice that hotels and family provide shampoo, soap, toothpastes and even towels, your child may be overwhelmed by the new textures, smells or tastes. Pack the toiletries he’s used to and the towels you know he’ll use. It’s a simple way to avoid a sensory meltdown and to make your child feel more at home.


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