airplane travel

Airplane Safety Restraint for Kids with Special Needs

August 20, 2014
What if my patient doesn't need an adaptive car seat but has behavioral challenges and the parents feel that the traditional airplane seat belt may not be effective enough to keep him restrained? The CARES restraint is approved for airplane use for children 22-40 lbs and up 40 inches tall. If a child exceeds the weight limit but the parents feel that this is still a better option for restraint, they can apply for an exemption from the FAA.

Plan in Advance for Traveling With a Car Seat

August 29, 2013
I recently read an interesting article from TODAY about whether parents should bring their own car seats when traveling with children, or rely on rental car companies to supply them. While the article recommends it may be best to always bring your own seat, the decision may not always be straightforward, and planning in advance for travel with a car seat is key.

Autism and Flying

June 6, 2013

With the upcoming summer vacations, I'm fielding a lot of questions in my developmental pediatrics clinic about flying. Flying can generally be a stressful experience for any traveler but especially so for some of my patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families. The crowds, changes in routine, and unpredictable events can have a way of triggering anxieties and possibly behavioral difficulties for children with ASD (along with other developmental disabilities).

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