We have traveled several times on a plane with my daughter Tori, each time gets a little better. This last trip went really well so I thought I would share my secrets to sussesful air travel with you.
We started to discuss going on the airplane about two weeks before we left. I have a book that I made up to go over all the thing we would encounter. I also did a book up to show her proper behavior on a plane what was aloud and what was not. (I will include links for these later).
I made up a shirt that she wears that says be patent with me I am Autistic. This helps when she get out of control. It also explains some of her behavior to others, like the time she held out her arm and yelled at the security gaurd STOP! That is my bag as we were going through security.
I come preparde with more snacks then she will ever be able to eat as I don't want to run out. I pack all her favorites at the time. We bring a sports bottle and once through security we purchase a drink for the bottle for the plane that way we do not ever not have something she may want. We use a sports bottle so if and when she throughs it, juice will not spill on anyone else.
I take card games, paper for colouring and crayons, music on an ipod with headphone to help drown out some of the sounds of the airport. I also put movies on the ipod for her to watch.
I prebook the seats so I know she will get a window seat. This helps with the comotion on the plane of the people moving around she is tucked away and does not have to move for anyone.
I take a change of clothing.
I also give her something to look forward to once we get off the plane.
Hope this helps everyone! I look forward to hearing some of your idea too.
Lisa (Mom Of Two)