disabled_kidsTraveling with a child who has special needs may take more planning and patience, but it is also rewarding to see them experience the fun and adventure. We discussed all that goes into traveling with children with special needs at our July 12 TMOM Monday Twitter Party. What are the must haves for your trip? What do you wish people knew about special needs children?

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A #SPECIALNEEDS -FRIENDLY DESTINATION?

 

@Chaotic_Barb: I find disability forums to be a HUGE help with travel prep.

 

@MiaMaloneDesign: I like to know nearest hospital and dr office and have a prepared route just in case.

 

@LoveThatMax: I call resorts ahead of time when traveling w/my son to see if childcare can host kids w/special needs so I can get a vacay too!

 

Q2: WHAT ARE KEY THINGS TO TAKE ALONG ON A TRIP WITH A KID WHO HAS #SPECIALNEEDS?

 

@MiaMaloneDesign: we have id bracelets & temporary tattoos with vital info & cell numbers in case we separate.

 

@Chaotic_Barb: Extra meds and supplies. Its not like you can walk into Walgreens for most of their stuff if you are stuck or luggage lost.

 

@ramblingstump: Now they have a usb flexible bracelet that your child can wear!

 

SHARE YOUR FAVE #SPECIALNEEDS TRAVEL STORY OR PHOTO – GOOD OR BAD.

 

@Chaotic_Barb: My son walked for the first time at the #disney parade. He was 3 and followed Mickey. Still makes me cry.

 

@mymomshops: My best story-that at last I travelled w/my 2 #specialneeds kids, 1st time since my divorce. Big milestone. Fab memories.

 

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT TRAVELING W/ A #SPECIALNEEDS KID?

 

@diamondslady812: The wonderment in their eyes so much more than some kids over simple things.

 

@Chaotic_Barb: The chance to escape our real life for a few days.

 

@CindyRichards: I bet the best thing about traveling w/ #specialneeds is the ability to jump the line at Disney. Right?

 

WHAT’S THE CRAZIEST THING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU TRAVELING W/ A KID WHO HAS #SPECIALNEEDS?

 

@mymomshops: probs both at check-in and w/TSA. The TSA people need #specialneeds awareness big time. Horrible.

WHAT DO YOU WISH OTHERS UNDERSTOOD ABOUT THE CHALLENGES OF TRAVEL W/ #SPECIALNEEDS KIDS?

 

@mymomshops: Oh don’t get me started on this one! People are so rude and judgmental if your child has an “invisible” disability.

 

@diamondslady812 I would like others to simply offer a kind word or help once in awhile.

@FickleFeline A sense of humor is the only way to survive!

@chaotic_barb My son has a great shirt that says “If you stare a little longer I might do a trick.” We like disability humor.