If you follow along with the chaos that is our life, then you may know that we recently took our first flight with the kids! We had avoided trips that included flights due to cost and to the fact that we did know how our son, who has autism, would do in an airport and on a plane.
When it was time to take our first flight, we did some prep-work with Aven, to get him ready for the airport and the flight. Kids with sensory issues can have a hard time in crowded, loud places where they have no control. One of the ways that we got him ready was with an airport social story.
What is a social story?
A Social Story can be a written or visual guide describing various social interactions, situations, behaviors, skills or concepts. They are used to explain, model behaviors, teach and praise individuals with autism and/or other behavioral disorders.
Social Stories can be used as daily routine reminders, for things like the morning routine, how to get dressed or the proper way to use a bathroom. They can also be used for more adventurous things like a school field trip or even, a weekend flight to the beach!
With proper preparation and maybe, a great airport social story, your kids’ flights can, hopefully, be as successful as ours!
Here’s to happy kiddos and happy family travels!
Have you ever used a social story with your kids?