But a few preparations, says Fun and Function LLC founder Aviva Weiss, can go a long way toward ensuring a good time for everyone.
Traveling disrupts routines and familiarity with the surrounding environment and can be difficult for children with special needs notes Weiss, a certified pediatric occupational therapist.
A mother of four, including a daughter with sensory processing disorder, she
says parents of special needs children can pave the way toward less stressful trips by observing these ten guidelines:
1. Prepare the child in advance as much as possible.
Practice for the trip for a period leading up to the actual travels.
"Traveling with a special needs child - or any child, for that matter - needn't be a stressful event," Weiss
"In fact, it can be a great experience, offering lessons and fond memories for all.
The keys are to prepare everyone in advance, include a few fun and familiar items and activities, and above all remember that it takes time and patience to learn how to manage change."
About Aviva Weiss and Fun and Function LLC
Aviva Weiss is founder of Fun and Function LLC, a Merion Station, Pa.-based provider of engaging, durable and functional play and therapy products at affordable prices, including an exclusive line of scooters and portable writing kits.
A mother of a child with sensory processing disorder, she
is also a certified pediatric occupational therapist with expertise in creating inclusive environments where all children can thrive together, and is currently working with developmental pediatrician Dr. Wendy Ross to guide children's museums toward improving experiences for children with special needs and their families.
She previously worked at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher's Hospital, and earned her B.S. in Psychology from Touro College and her Masters in Occupational Therapy from The Richard Stockton College, graduating summa cum laude from both programs.
Weiss launched Fun and Function in 2005 when she first identified her daughter's challenges and was frustrated by the lack of kid-friendly styling and high prices of existing special-needs products.
began designing products that elicit the potential of all children, help them feel good and achieve their best.
Launched in 2005 by pediatric occupational therapist Aviva Weiss
husband, Haskel, Fun and Function LLC
(www.funandfunction.com) offers engaging, durable and functional play and therapy products at affordable prices, including an exclusive line of scooters and portable writing kits.
recognized that her
own infant daughter had sensory processing difficulties, Aviva Weiss
was frustrated by the lack of kid-friendly styling and high prices of existing special-needs products.
set out with a passion for eliciting the potential of all children, and began designing products that help kids feel good and achieve their best.