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Your Guide to Traveling with Your Family

Traveling with children can be difficult, as they are often restless and fidgety during a trip.
 
When traveling with a child with developmental disabilities, parents may feel a heightened sense of stress, anxiety and pressure. Children with developmental disabilities are not necessarily more difficult to deal with and to travel with, but they will have a different set of circumstances and factors to consider while traveling.

How to Ease Travel Pains

 
Whether you are traveling by air, land or sea, it is important to remember that the act of traveling may feel foreign for children with developmental disabilities, especially if they do not travel often. As their parent, you know your child the best and you are seasoned experts in their behavior. It is imperative to be able to recognize the signs of overstimulation, as that may result in a behavioral outburst that can make traveling more difficult. By recognizing the signs early, you can help prevent this outburst by redirecting their energy elsewhere. Whether they are mental or physical signs that they show, by simply paying close attention and observing their behavior, you may save yourself a lot of time and effort down the road avoiding an outburst.

If you are traveling with your child with developmental disabilities, it is always best to plan ahead, being proactive, for what could happen rather than being reactive when something happens. For example, as stated above, planning ahead of time to recognize the signs and symptoms of overstimulation can help you redirect their energy into a positive way.

However, one of the most imperative parts of preparation is making sure you have the proper resources in order to redirect their energy and their focus.

For example, if you know that your child may start to feel the pressure of take-off or touch-down during a flight, and he or she may start to get fussy, prepare your resources ahead of time in order to avoid the meltdown. Perhaps reading a book or watching a movie helps distract them, so having a book or a movie on hand may help mitigate any mental or physical challenges they may feel. Preparing for the worst and hoping for the best is one of the most helpful ways to take on traveling with your child.

How to Help Mitigate Difficulties

 
Another way to mitigate any difficulties while traveling is to talk to your child about what to expect. For example, if he or she may not be familiar with the TSA screening process, taking the time to explain it to them could help them know what to expect. Perhaps your child is a visual learner, so showing them visually what to expect during their travels could benefit you in the long run. Checking in with them to see how they are feeling about traveling could also help you narrow down what to explain to them, as it will give you a better indication of what he or she is feeling anxious about. By taking the time to explain to them what they can expect, hopefully he or she will feel more at ease during your travels.

Perhaps one of the best ways you can prepare for traveling with your child with developmental disabilities is to utilize the resources that are at your disposal. Whether your child suffers from a cognitive disability or a physical impairment, there are several accommodations that can be made in order to make traveling a more pleasant experience. For example, if your child is wheelchair bound, airline workers are likely to give you and your family extra time to board a plane and get settled, so that you do not feel rushed during the boarding process. If you are on a train, the workers and attendants will direct you to the nearest handicap or wheelchair accessible seating area on board. Although it can be uncomfortable at first, disclosing your child’s special needs to the people around you, especially the airline/train/boat workers, can help you gain special requests and resources to help make your travels easier.

If you are looking for additional ways to make your travels easier, hiring a caregiver can help you travel with ease.

A caregiver can either assist with travel plans or can stay behind to assist with your child while you are on a trip. You do not have to feel guilty leaving your child with disabilities with your loved ones, as a caregiver can be there to help with your child.

Having peace of mind has never been easier while you travel!

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Reviewer: Patricia
Patricia 2020-09-18 via Google
I like working for 24hr home care because they allow me to have a flexible schedule and I can take advantage of how far away from home I'd like to travel for work.
Reviewer: Liliana D
Liliana D 2020-09-18 via Google
Improving getting better and better really listen to our voice send us a recognition letter congratulating us as frontline workers, send us a little gift for our performance, send us an gift certificate from amazon for school supplies pack of $30 dollars for our children looking forward for more improvements feels good to be recognize as a great frontline worker helps us get more motivated afterall thats going on. Ive never got anything or a congratulations from them ever its the first time in the 3 years ive work with them and today they call me to say happy bday i feel special. Thank you 24hr homecare
Reviewer: Tatyana
Tatyana 2020-09-18 via Google
Pros: It’s nice working here. With this agency, you have a very flexible schedule. There are a lot of 4-5 hour shifts, although they do offer overnight shifts as well from 8 hours, maybe 12. You can qualify for employee benefits after 1 year of working here. They have “emergency rate” wages as well, these are last minute shifts that can raise from $1-5 an hour; if they hired you at $14hr and they give you an (e-rate) emergency rate then it’ll probably be from $15, $16, $17+ depending on the case. Traveling is required and they did have a virtual interview with me. They have employees working 24 hours if you decide to call them. They use the CC-Go app to clock in and clock out. They also give you a link to a corporate perks website that will give you discounts on phones, plane tickets, hotels ect. Cons: Communication with the office/managers can be difficult at times because when you call, anyone/random person can answer. My personal recommendation as a company request for employee(s): Sending each caregiver a “care package” in a ziplock bag with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, ect. in case a facility or client doesn’t have the supplies needed. Having these “care packages” would help the company prevent any further sicknesses when dealing with urination and bowel movements if anything were to happen.
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Highly recommend!
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Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great, award-winning company!
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great company! Highly recommend.
Reviewer: CAROL
CAROL 2020-08-01 via Google
I LOVE BEING ON CALL THRU THE WEEK MAKE MORE MONEY, WORK WHEN YOU WANT. LOVE LOVE LOVE 24 HR AND ALL THE STAFFERS THERE THE BEST.
Reviewer: Laura
Laura 2020-06-12 via Google
Our care givers are loving, friendly and devoted. They are family! Thank you for being here for us.
Reviewer: Richard
Richard 2020-06-09 via Google
Our Care-giver Mudrakat is a blessing for us, with a big heart, and a very professional approach and skills - she will go far...
Reviewer: Raul
Raul 2020-05-28 via Google
Great place to work for!

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