Planes, Trains and Rollercoasters!
We spent fourth of July in Washington DC and we definitely learnt some lessons and I’ll share them with you. Firstly, get there on the 3rd of July, they do a concert dress rehearsal and it’s must less people than the main show. Second, skip the parade, there’s no personal space at all but definitely plan to be out by the Washington Memorial to watch the fireworks at night. If you’re ever in DC let us know and we’ll give you some more tips.
After fourth of July came the 10th of July and Heather took the kids to Southern California and they were there till I joined them for Heather’s sister’s wedding on the 21st. So for 11 days Heather was solo with the kids. On the show today we’re talking more about our California trip and we’ll also be talking about the Pennsylvania trip.
Key Points From This Episode:
- Preparing the flight backpacks and including our favorites: lego kits, baking trays, books, tablets, fidget spinners and more.
- Our strategy to get the children to enjoy the tablets more was to give them a 4-5 day tablet break before we went on our trip.
- Booking our flights by considering the landing times so that they are better suited to the children’s schedules.
- The benefits of having TSA privileges when flying, especially for checking in, going through security and seeing you off to the gate.
- Reassuring Mikey and distracting him before take off to help alleviate his anxiety.
- Taking the kids to Disneyland and dealing with Mikey and Joy’s meltdowns.
- The first thing I do when we get to a park is get a map for Mikey so that he has a sense of reassurance.
- Why having the fast pass at Disneyland helped tremendously.
- The services for children with cognitive disabilities available at Disneyland.
- Tips from Disneyland: Have a rally point and make a name tag for your child.
- Why our visit at Lego Land and their program was more time efficient than Disneyland’s.
- Dealing with picky eaters; packing some of their favorite snacks and checking the park websites to see if they allow outside foods.
- Why water parks are a whole different ball game; our kids are still young so they had their life jackets on but I wasn’t comfortable.
- How to obtain the Lego Land Assistance Access Pass for children with disabilities.
- Hear about some of rollercoasters Mikey rode at Hershey Park and how we managed to lose Joy despite having 5 adults around.
- Why practicing to stay in line definitely helps, as well as using reward system.
- The reason why we always have Mikey wear a really bright shirt when we go somewhere.
- And much more!
Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
- Autism Speaks Website — https://www.autismspeaks.org/
- Finding Mikey — http://findingmikey.com/blanket
- Finding Mikey Podcast Facebook Page — https://www.facebook.com/FindingMikeyPodcast/
- Disneyland — https://disneyland.disney.go.com/guest-services/cognitive-disabilities/
- Lego Land — https://www.legoland.com/california/
- Hershey Park — http://www.hersheypark.com/park-info/accessibility.php
- Orange Panda Weighted Blankets — https://www.amazon.com/Therapeutic-Blanket-Deep-Pressure-7lb-Calm-Processing-Syndrome/dp/B06W2LRLV7/