Traveling with a child that has special health, developmental or mental health concerns may bring challenges and require extra planning. We’ve compiled information to help so please check our collection of travel tips from other parents, the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), resources for families, condition-specific resources, and downloadable medical forms.

Air Travel Tips - Children with Special Needs

Travel Tips From Parents Of Children With Special Needs

#padding-6 { height:20px; }#text-block-7 { margin-bottom:0px; text-align:left; } Parents who have children with complex medical conditions, developmental delay and autism share their tips: Prior to traveling, find out where medical care facilities are located that can take care of your child in an emergency or provide special medical care (like dialysis). Carry a typed list [...]
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Special Needs Travel Tips From TSA Customer Service Manager at Seatac Airport

#padding-9 { height:20px; }#text-block-10 { margin-bottom:0px; text-align:left; } Staff at the new TSA Cares Help Line can talk with you about your child’s specific needs prior to your trip. They answer questions about screening, security, what and how to pack, and they can make arrangements for in person support at the airport (best if calls [...]
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Travel Resources For Families

#padding-12 { height:20px; }#text-block-13 { margin-bottom:0px; text-align:left; } Information on screening and security from TSA: includes information on medically necessary liquids, wheelchairs, ostomies, internal medical devices and more. The TSA notification card can provide you a way to discreetly communicate information about your child’s needs to a TSA officer. (Passengers with disabilities and medical conditions [...]
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Condition-Specific Travel Resources

#padding-15 { height:20px; }#text-block-16 { margin-bottom:0px; text-align:left; } Asthma checklist for traveling (from the American Lung Association). Checklist of diabetes management supplies and helpful items to bring when traveling (from Seattle Children’s). Packing list for children traveling with respiratory medical equipment (from Seattle Children’s). Tips for traveling on dialysis (from Life Options) and searchable directory [...]
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Portable Medical Forms

#padding-18 { height:20px; }#text-block-19 { margin-bottom:0px; text-align:left; } Use the Emergency Information Form to transfer critical information to health care professionals. Our 'In Case of Emergency' form is another portable medical form that provides critical information to people caring for your child in an emergency (Spanish version).  You may also want to fill out a wallet-sized [...]
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