I was reading an article by Miss Rorey about traveling with your child with Autism. This post is specific to airplanes, but I think the ideas can be used whenever you are traveling for a distance or even preparing to be waiting for an appointment. The key take home from this post is to be prepared. Practice skills in a safe environment, and slowly generalize these learned skills to new environments.
This is the same process we use when working with behaviors in the classroom. Many times, we have to practice appropriate behaviors in a safer, easier environment first. This way we can build up the student’s confidence by having them experience success, then slowly fading to more difficult environments.
Whether you are planing on a road trip, airline flight, or just a long wait in a crowded waiting room, take a look at this blog post first. If you find success, use these same principles in other areas of your child’s life.