There are steps every parent needs to take to keep their children safe in the wonderful world of Disney World, but for the parent of an autistic child these challenges can be even greater. Check out these unique and innovative products that can help give you the peace of mind that you’re protecting your child on your next vacation.
One of the most innovative products that’s been released in recent years are personalized temporary safety tattoos. Just like the temporary tattoos you can get out of gumball machines, these go on with a simple swish of water. The difference is that they include essential information you have added to the tattoos themselves.
You may choose to simply add your phone number so that if your child is separated from you they can easily get ahold of you, or you may choose to add their diagnosis. It’s up to you, but keep in mind that if you are separated from your child and a Cast Member finds them, it would be advantageous to the Cast Member to know your child’s diagnosis as they search for you.
Another option is to have informational lanyards created. Your child will then wear them during their visit to the park. These can be made at virtually any copy store. Once again, you can choose the information you want on the lanyard, such as your phone number and / or your child’s diagnosis. The key thing to note about this option is that if your child will feel uncomfortable wearing what is essentially a necklace for the duration of the trip, it may not be the best option.
Skip the heavy bags and shop for items locally
Some of the items you need for your kid are quite heavy. From video games to weighted blankets, these can not only take up quite a bit of space in your bags, but they can also put your bags over the weight limit at the airport – which can lead to hefty fees of $100+ per bag. In many cases it’s actually more affordable to buy what you need when you get to Orlando. You can then turn around and donate these items to local groups that work with autistic kids.
You’ll find numerous Wal-Marts, Targets, and electronic stores in the area. The most convenient for you will depend on which Orlando resort or vacation home you’re staying in, but remember that Orlando is one of the most visited cities in the country and you’re never far from the things a traveler needs.