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Hi and welcome to Ask Missy Mondays where I respond to email questions from readers who have questions about behavior.

It’s the start of winter break for many families in New England. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the tradition, many families in the north-east plan trips to much warmer locations. This means that the stress level for many families is high right now due to packing, planning, and other cortisol-raising activities. All of this is exacerbated for families who have children with disabilities. Traveling with children is difficult but traveling with children with disabilities is even more so.

One question we receive often is “How can we travel with our child with disabilities? What can we do to make travel easier for him/her? What strategies do you recommend to help?”

One of our first recommendations is to help prepare your child for the trip using visual schedules. We have written about visual schedules previously (and we just recently learned it continues to be our most visited post).

So, we have created a sample schedule that may be used to support your child if you are traveling by plane.

Even if your child does not have a disability, preparing them for safe travel by reviewing the steps involved will help alleviate some of the stress associated with travel.

Safe travels to our New England Readers. To those of you in warmer locations, some of us are headed your way!

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