Here are some tips to help ensure smooth travels.
Schedules: Make a schedule for the day and review it with your child. Schedules are always different in the summer, but reviewing the group plan can help make transitions go smoother.
Checklists: Make a checklist for the child to help pack their belongings. This helps build organizational skills and independence.
Games: Prepare with travel size games, workbooks and toys. Target has some great back to school finds that are educational and fun! Sneak in some handwriting practice with our favorite apps: Letter School, Writing Wizard, Touch and Write (shapes, print or cursive). YouTube: On-The-Go Mini Playsets.
Don’t Get Hangry: Eat healthy snacks like crunchy foods, gum, smoothies, fruit strips and meat jerky. These textures provide deep pressure, calming sensory input resulting in a satisfied tummy and a happy mood.
Keep it organized: Fill a small backpack or for road trips, use a hanging car organizer filled with your child’s favorite sensory tools (gum, chewy snacks, water bottle, fidgets, weighted lap buddy etc):
Remember … taking deep breaths is a highly effective and portable tool to achieve a calm body and mind wherever your travels may take you.