Many Los Angeles County parents can look back at their childhood summers and remember vacations that they took as a family. Perhaps some visited a specific destination every year and formed warm memories with siblings as they splashed in a creek, flew down a roller coaster or frolicked by a beach. Parents of special needs children may be thinking that they cannot create these memories with their own children because of the extra time and expense or because their child could not physically take part in many of summer’s favorite activities. However, whether a child has a physical or mental disability, there are dozens of ideas and exciting destinations that he or she can take part in this summer.
- First, parents must be sure to prep their children before leaving on vacation. Many special needs children like to practice events before they actually happen, such as going through airport security or staying in a hotel. Parents can talk through exactly what will happen. Parents should search for accommodations that meet their children’s needs, such as quiet, low-key hotels or hotels with plenty of space, such as all-suite hotels.
- Second, parents should choose accommodations that best benefit their children’s unique needs. Thankfully, today, many hotels and resort have many amenities that make vacation planning simple. Many have on-site meals or recreation with special kids-only programs. Other hotels offer safety kits for these families; kits include special door latches and bathroom locks as well as electrical outlet covers and furniture bumpers.
Educational Summer Programs for Children
The United States boasts some amazing destinations for families of special needs children. Shared Adventures in Santa Cruz, California, has numerous summer programs for special needs children. Other spots to check out include Club Getaway in Kent, Connecticut, and Splore in Moah, Utah. Many sites even host programs for children who are on the autism spectrum. For example, Royal Caribbean is certified as an autism-friendly cruise line.