Richard Payne from Mad Hatter Chatter is this week’s guest. Richard shares how his family plans their Walt Disney World vacations to include the special needs of son, 8 year-old Dickie, who has mild Cerebral Palsy and Sensory Processing Disorder.
Some of the key points of our conversation were:
-Trip-Planning considerations to balance his son’s needs with the needs of the rest of the family
-Adjusting touring to avoid fatigue
-Managing sensory issues (rigidity of food preferences, noise-cancelling headphones, brushing) related to Sensory Processing Disorder
-Managing tight muscles/avoiding muscle spasms related to Cerebral Palsy (ensuring adequate hydration and rest, muscle massage, use of pool/tub)
-Using a stroller with an older child to avoid fatique
-Avoiding falls in unfamiliar resort room
-Activities other than rides that his son enjoys (Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game, interactive queues) and that foster sense of independence
-Planning FP+ reservations
-Favorite places to rest in Magic Kingdom, Epcot, DHS and Animal Kingdom
Richard and daughters Avery and Austin co-host a family-friendly Walt Disney World fan podcast called Mad Hatter Chatter. I highly recommend it!
Thanks for listening!