As we moms get older, do we "catastrophize" more or less? And what role does the internet play in egging us on in our fear? By catastrophizing I mean taking an issue that requires caution and planning and turning it into a disaster waiting to happen.
After I wrote my post about my upcoming airplane flight with Sayer, I scouting around the internet and found the blogosphere has been burning up about an incident where a mother and her son with autism were kicked off a plane before take-off. Talk about your worst case scenario. But, really, how much do articles like this one really help us in the trenches? They can spur us to advocacy but they can also create ulcers!
Instead, I prefer to look for positives on the internet, like this article "Don't avoid traveling with special needs kids." And I prefer to share resources I have found that are actually useful in mitigating the potential for a melt-down.
One great toolI found is a simple "slide show" about airplane travel that can be downloaded on your computer. It has photos of airports, plane and waiting, and includes short videos with sound - including the roar of take-off. It even shows how you have to take off your shoes at security. It is one of many found at Hiyah.net - Learning Software for Children. The site also includes slide shows on going to the doctor, going to the movies, and so on.
How about you? How do you balance the worst that can happen with what you can control to make it less likely to happen? Any tips or ideas? Well, the timer is counting down until it goes off, when I will help Sayer with a marble maze so I gotta run.
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