It can be daunting to pack for a resort vacation for your children with special needs. Our children have sensory processing disorder and autism. There are certain comforts from home that we simply can’t leave behind. We want to set them up for sensory success so that they are free to enjoy all the amazing activities that await them at the resort! Save the family some stress by packing these 5 sensory must-haves for your resort vacation:
When it gets too loud, headphones are important to have within reach. Jo is more sensitive to noise than C. She prefers to wear her headphones in loud places, like the family entertainment center. She can still hear and participate in the fun, but the extraneous noise is muffled.
Our children are uncomfortable with silence and prefer light noise at all times. White Noise can block any noise from the hallway when it’s time for bed and provides extra comfort for a restful night of sleep.
Deep pressure input can be calming for children with sensory sensitivities. Using a weighted blanket at night may help them sleep better and recover from the excitement of their day.
Fidget Toy, Chewy, or Lovey
Is your child attached to a certain object? Does she need a fidget toy or chewy to help her with anxiety? Bring it along! As much fun as your resort vacation will be, it’s also a new environment. Having a comfort item from home will provide consistency and familiarity for your child.
Phone or Tablet
If your child experiences sensory overload, quiet time on an electronic device may be a welcome respite. You can also put pictures from home on the device if they get homesick, or video chat with friends and family.
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