Family road trips can be a fun way to get out of the house and see new sites during the summer months. They can also feel like a daunting task when you have a child with developmental disabilities.
Road trips require a great deal of advance preparation to ensure they go smoothly for any family, but especially for a family with a child on the spectrum or with other needs.
Consider these tips to make your next summer road trip fun for the whole family:
Prepare for the Trip
On the Road
Road trips can be tiring for everyone! Don’t expect your child to be able to sit still for a long drive, even if they’ve done well in the car in the past. It’s important to have a plan in place before leaving and to set realistic goals for how you’ll travel each day.
If you think your child may need extra time for breaks, work them into your schedule and find ways to split up the driving time, whether that means spending the night in a hotel or taking the scenic route. Rushing travel can make it a more stressful experience for everyone involved.
Whatever happens on your road trip, good or bad, try to focus on the special moments and the meaningful memories you’re making as a family!