Going on road trips with children that do not have sensory processing disorder can be a challenge in itself. Now, tack on the needs of a child with sensory processing disorder. You’re probably anxiety stricken at even the thought of a road trip. While going on vacation is fun, you don’t want to overload your child nor do you want to cause him/her any harm. With the help of Sensory Mom Secrets and ilslearningcenter.com, we were able to put together a list of tips and tricks to make your road trip enjoyable.
Tips for Road Trips When a Child has SPD
Any children can grow impatient on a road trip. Even if your child does not have sensory processing disorder, this list will help keep any child calm in the back seat.
- New Movies, TV Shows, Games, and Apps
- The portable electronic device is a blessing in disguise for parents of all children. Load up your device with new content like movies, tv shows, or games that your child likes. This will take their attention off the road and help pass the time. It is important to keep in mind that you will want to limit the consumption of technology to avoid a sensory overload that makes come with prolonged exposure.
- Travel at Night
- Traveling at night is can’t always be done, but if you can travel at night, we recommend doing so. Generally, at night there is less going on, therefore, there is less for your child to process. Also, you can give the kids dinner in the car, let them watch a show, then put them to bed; just as you would at home. The biggest factor will be keeping your child with SPD comfortable. If she/he has a favorite blanket, toy, or stuffed animal, bring it with you, it could make a worlds difference.
- Give the Kids a Break
- If you are taking a long road trip, it is likely you will have to stop for a bathroom break every once in a while. When you are planning your trip, schedule in some breaks for the children to burn energy. This will not only tire them out, but it will relieve the stress of being trapped in a car.
- Plan Out Bathroom Breaks Before you Leave the House
- Children with sensory processing disorder can be very picky when it comes to which bathrooms they will use. Often, the condition of the bathroom (how it smells, the lighting) can weigh in on if your child will enter the bathroom. If there is a store along the way your child is familiar with, try to find one along the route.
- Pack some snacks
- While we can stop anywhere for food, as you already know, your child with SPD may not be able to. You know best what foods will react well with your child. Pack foods ahead of time to avoid any reluctance to eat.
We hope that these tips make your next road trip a blast. Always remember, to drive safe and avoid drinking alcohol before driving. If you are however pulled over for a DUI and are driving through the state of Georgia, contact Gwinnett County DUI attorneys for representation.