Follow @ejourna (521 followers)

Ears of Experience: Disney Vacations for Families with Special Needs Children



Disney Partners. Photo by Joe Penniston.

Disney Partners. Photo by Joe Penniston.

Ears of Experience under­stands that suc­cess­fully vaca­tion­ing with a fam­ily mem­ber with spe­cial needs means plan­ning ahead—down to the last detail. A Walt Disney World vaca­tion can be chal­leng­ing to chil­dren with spe­cial needs, from kids with autism to lit­tle people.

A lot of the anx­i­ety that kids with dis­abil­i­ties have is just the fear of the unknown,” says co-owner Amy Sinclair. “Because each child is unique, we work closely with fam­i­lies to accom­mo­date all spe­cial needs and plan the vaca­tion specif­i­cally for each client. We look at every­thing to make sure that it’s per­fect for your child, your fam­ily, and your bud­get, because it’s everyone’s vacation.”

Not only is Amy an expert Walt Disney World vaca­tion plan­ner, but she has also earned sev­eral spe­cial edu­ca­tion degrees and has an exten­sive back­ground teach­ing chil­dren with spe­cial needs—including chil­dren with autism and Down Syndrome.

Before arriv­ing at Disney, Amy sug­gests famil­iar­iz­ing the kids with what to expect on their trip by show­ing them pic­tures of the attrac­tions and view­ing some of Ears of Experience’s YouTube videos. In addi­tion, Ears of Experience pro­vides chil­dren with a visual book­let of what they’ll see at Disney, along with an itin­er­ary of their trip. The book­let includes pic­tures of attrac­tions, rides, and char­ac­ters in the order that the fam­ily will visit that part of the park. As they dis­cover each imaged item, the kids can check it off or put stick­ers on the picture.

This is just another way to make their day go a lit­tle smoother,” com­ments Amy. “They can study this for a few days before vis­it­ing and look at it as they go. It gives them own­er­ship of the vacation.”

Ears of Experience has solu­tions for spe­cific prob­lems chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties may face once in the parks. For exam­ple, the new sights, sounds, and smells can some­times be over­whelm­ing for chil­dren who are sen­si­tive to sen­sory stim­u­la­tion. For this rea­son, Amy sug­gests bring­ing an iPod or noise-cancellation head­phones to block out some of the noise and pre­vent sen­sory over­load. She also sug­gests which parks are bet­ter suited for chil­dren who are sen­si­tive to sen­sory stim­u­la­tion. This way, the chil­dren can relax and more eas­ily enjoy their trip.

Ears of Experience is also com­mit­ted to help­ing fam­i­lies find the best hotel to fit their needs. Families with spe­cial needs chil­dren must con­sider more than just price, such as whether the pub­lic bus sys­tem will be an issue. Ears of Experience knows the pros and cons of each resort and helps fam­i­lies book the best room at the best price. In addi­tion, Ears of Experience noti­fies the hotel of the child’s needs and requests a room that best suits him or her.

We do every­thing we can to make each family’s vaca­tion run smoothly—from help­ing fam­i­lies locate Guest Assistance Cards to being avail­able by text mes­sage if any prob­lems arise.”

About Ears of Experience:
Ears of Experience is a fam­ily owned and run Disney travel book­ing com­pany that offers their ser­vices for no extra cost. Jon and Amy Sinclair have been help­ing cus­tomers book the per­fect Disney trip since 1999, and their daugh­ters Natalie “Kid Expert” Sinclair and Marin Sinclair help with the kids’ perspective.

Photo by Joe Penniston.


Related posts:

  1. 10 Reasons Why Your Family Should Go On A Disney Cruise
  2. Kids Sail Free on Seven-Night Mexican Riviera Cruises Aboard the Disney Wonder
  3. Escape the win­ter blues with an Indianapolis Children’s Museum Family Getaway deal
  4. 10 Free Things To Do At Disney World
  5. Walt Disney World Secrets” Notescast for the iPhone Upgraded with More Secrets, Hidden Mickeys and Fun Facts

Leave a Reply

 

 

 

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>