Traveling with a special needs child is definitely an adventure, but for many parents the thought of flying with a special needs child is daunting and keeps them closer to home. I was one of those parents. I was afraid of the boarding process and, once onboard, how would my daughter handle the flight? I had visions of her upset and angry passengers all around us – a stressful way to start a vacation for sure! Then once we arrived at our destination, would the hassle and expense even be worth it? “YES!” I’ve learned some tips to help set you up for success, prepare for your child’s needs, then go for it! The first time might be a little bumpy as you figure out how things work for your special needs child, but it gets easier every time. Our first trip my daughter was pretty overwhelmed by everything, and I spent much of the flight keeping her happy. Now she’s a pro and giggles when she hears the jet start up, knowing that we are on our way somewhere fun.