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When vacationing with special needs kids, traveling by car is undoubtedly one of the more preferred options. Two notable advantages to driving are-you can bring along more supplies than on a flight and you can stop whenever and wherever you want. The major disadvantage is the prospect of dealing with bored and whiny kids for hours while you are busy navigating busy highways or unfamiliar roads..

Entertainment is a must!
Keeping kids entertained is a crucial during car rides for parents' peace of mind.
• Depending on your child's age and preferences you might want to head on to the nearest dollar store for coloring books or GameStop for used DVDs and video games to bring along. Pack at least two recharging cords and adapters for the car if your child uses electronic devices since those can get discharged rather fast.
• Resist the temptation to pack board games, Legos and puzzles that have small pieces and can get easily lost in car crevices .
Have a plan B
It is always a good idea good to have additional entertainment options for those just -in- case scenarios.
• If your kid has an all-time-favorite movie or game they like to watch or play, bring it along!
• Other ways to entertain your kids include: sing along tapes, books on tapes and even old fashioned car games of spotting certain items or places along your driving route.
Pack a ‘road warrior' kit
Whether this is your first road trip or you are a seasoned traveler these six multi-purposed items are always a good idea to have in your car to help solve minor issues.
Wet wipes to clean hands and any spills/ messes.
Lysol wipes to sterilize surfaces including some public toilet seats.
A roll of toilet paper for public restrooms that don't supply any (especially at rest stops). The roll can double up as tissues to blow your nose or even napkins when necessary.
Duck tape for virtually anything broken that needs a quick fix.
Can of WD 40 for stuck zippers, lids and anything else that is stuck.
Flashlight to search for items that have fallen under seats or landed in hidden crevices. Nowadays many smart phones come with a setting or app for that but if yours doesn't you should consider packing an extra one to use in the car.

About The Shandy Clinic

The Shandy Clinic is a private outpatient therapy clinic serving patients in Colorado Springs, CO with three locations. As a private therapy practice the Shandy Clinic prides itself in personalized, individual therapy in a friendly, family environment. In addition to traditional therapy approaches, the clinic also empowers our staff to think outside the box to find solutions to help our patients make progress.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists work with your child to improve fine motor skills, sensory integration, and activities of daily living. Five main areas we work with include sensory processing, cognition and perception, self care, social skills, and motor skills.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists assist in early detection of health problems and use a wide variety of modalities to treat disorders in the pediatric population. These therapists are specialized in diagnosis, treatment and management of infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of congenital, developmental, neuromuscular, skeletal, or acquired disorders/diseases. Treatment focus on improving motor skills, balance and coordination, strength and endurance, and cognitive and sensory.

Children with developmental delays, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and torticollis may also be treated by pediatric physical therapists.

Speech Therapy

Speech & Language Pathologists (SLPs) work with children and adults who have difficulty with communication. Speech refers to the way that a child verbally communicates and includes three areas which are articulation, voice, and fluency.

Children with language disorders can show a variety of symptoms from mild to severe that could include difficulty with: listening and following directions, using age appropriate vocabulary, communicating socially with peers and adults, eye contact and other nonverbal communication, and following the rules that tell how to put words together to make sentence grammar.

Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment which enhances the body's natural healing process by inhalation of concentrated oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. It is used for a wide variety of treatments as a part of an overall medical care plan.

The Shandy Clinic uses a soft-side mild hyperbaric chamber with a maximum pressure of 1.3 ATA (see pictures below). The Shandy Clinic is utilizing the chamber in a revolutionary way. Therapy sessions (OT, PT, and/or speech therapy) are being completed with the therapist while in the chamber, thereby maximizing the benefits of the oxygenated brain.

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