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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..

Map or App
Planning ahead and knowing where everything is located can make your life easier.
• Use a phone app or mark the location restrooms and parks on a printed map if your child needs breaks.
• Bookmark chain eateries your child likes and stores to stop and purchase additional snacks/supplies.
Remember to bring a travel ‘buddy'
Creating a familiar environment for your child can help lower their anxiety levels while traveling.
• Take along one of your kid's favorite pillow, blanket or stuffed animal to help them feel comfortable.
• Write your phone number or e-mail with a permanent marker on the items in case they get lost or forgotten anywhere.
Ask for help
This is your vacation too so don't try to do it all on your own.
• If there's room in your car invite grandparents, babysitters or friends to join you and help engage your child with activities or conversations while you drive.
Have essentials ready
You can save yourself priceless time and stress by packing wisely.
• Remember to pack any medicines your child takes on daily basis, an extra change of clothes and a first aid kit in a separate bag and place it in the front of the car so you don't spend time digging through your luggage to find them when needed.
Don't forget the snacks
Hunger gets kids more stressed which in turn can lead to meltdowns so make sure you have snacks available.
• Unless you want to make frequent stops, you should pack a couple of favorite snacks for your kid to enjoy while sitting in the car especially if your child is on a restricted gluten -free- casein -free diet.
You might want to invest in a small inexpensive cooler to keep the food from melting and or spoiling especially during summer months.
• Don't forget to pack some small Ziploc bags and some plastic containers to use for meal leftovers when you stop and dine along the way.

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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Shandy Clinic

North:

Office Times:
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Mon - Fri

8540 Scarborough Drive, Suite 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
p: 719.597.0822
f: 719.599.4606

info@shandyclinic.com

Central:

Office Times:
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Tue - Fri

3625 Citadel Drive South
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
p: 719.597.0822
f: 719.599.4606

info@shandyclinic.com

South:

Office Times:
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Mon - Thur

830 Tenderfoot Hill Road, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
p: 719.597.0822
f: 719.599.4606

info@shandyclinic.com