Top tips for parents taking a flight with special needs children


Flying can be tough on children at the best of times but young ones with special needs, such as autism, require extra attention to make the journey a comfortable one. Before heading off it’s a great idea to share the stages of a flying experience to explain what he or she will encounter before setting off on the trip. Knowing in advance what they will be facing will make them understand the many phases of getting on a flight. Often the waiting around annoys all youngsters so realising that it could be a long process is beneficial.

Children can also be annoyed by the noises of the planes, which could affect their moods. It’s a useful plan to let them listen to these types of sounds online to prepare them. Letting kids pack their own bags is a lovely idea and gives them an opportunity to have some responsibility of their own. They can collect their favourite items and put them in a little backpack. Parents can then tell them they have sole charge of their bag allowing them to be distracted by the importance of looking after their luggage.

Getting to the airport slightly earlier than required is a great idea because then you can get on the flight before the rush of people. It means special needs children can settle down in their seats awaiting the plane leaving the airport. When with any young ones it’s a fabulous idea to be near toilets on the plane, just to make this an easy task. Although there will be food available on the flight it’s vital to take snacks as children will want to eat when they are hungry, which could mean they cause a fuss. It’s a good idea to ask your offspring what they would like to take with them on the flight. Children and adults find travelling hard sometimes so plan ahead and work out a strategy to make it a stress-free trip.

Hotels in London
There are plenty of excellent luxury hotels for families in the centre of London. The best five-star offering is the Montcalm at the Brewery London City hotel found in a beautiful historic Grade II-listed building. This fabulous residence has elegantly designed and spacious rooms and luxury suites. There are many modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi. Each room has sumptuous bed linen, soft bath robes and slippers, fresh fruit and chilled mineral water.

The accommodation’s Chiswell Street Dining Rooms is just the right place for superb British cuisine. Barbican, Moorgate and Old Street underground stations are all a short distance away allowing easy travelling access to the rest of the capital. The hotel is close to Oxford Street, Hyde Park and the City. The lodgings have six great meeting rooms for conferences and events with natural daylight and audio-visual facilities such as plasma screens.