It's a long way.....to Tipperary.....no hang on we were going to Inverness and yes it is quite a way from our Derby home and also quite a journey for our eldest son with his Autism too. He tends to get very fed up and fidgety so on planning the holiday we had a bit of a think to see what the best way would be to tackle it. If you are an Autism family you will know quite well that it is all in the planning and Autism can be so unpredictable, you never quite know how it will pan out. It's a big huge risk we take and so many time our plans are dashed and we have to go back to the drawing board and start again. We are always learning aren't we? I'm amazed sometimes how I don't go around looking like Doc Brown from Back to the Future, a mad scientist look, dragged through a hedge backwards with all the things we have to sort out and go through but no I kind of manage a basic mum look and keep my white coat tucked away in my wardrobe.
We decided to break the journey in half on the way there and on the way back and stopped off at a Travelodge on the M6 at Carlisle. This became the best idea ever as we got caught in massive delays due to roadworks on the way north and we were ready after five hours on the road to rest.
Our little ray of sunshine and something that proved to be a massive success for our son was the portable DVD player. I honestly don't know what we would have done without this as with all his favourite dvd's packed he managed to travel with absolutely no problems at all. It got a bit loud around Glasgow but I always take a detour and go the wrong way anyway around this stage of the journey. Even using headphones has no effect at all, yes it blocks out the sound from the device but not from the operator. We sang along with Pooh bear and his pals and eventually got back on the right road to the north and well on our way.
It is a great little machine, only £44.39 from Amazon and came complete with car charger, game disk with gaming remote too. Here is the link to this particular one but there are others available.
I can honestly recommend it if you have a long journey to do but he used it on shorter journey's around the local area, at the cottage and in the hotel too so he has made full use of it. It's great as well as you don't have to worry about internet connection or space to download loads of films etc just a bit of room for the dvd's but that wasn't a problem. He packed his favourites in his bag and was very happy. Happy young man, happy mum so it was a winner.
If you have any good tips for long journey's please let me know. I've always been a bit worried about going long distance but I feel a bit confident we could go somewhere again.
Thanks for reading and for all your support, catch my round up of the weeks tv tomorrow on Pass the Remote.
Take care for now..........
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