Flight staff go above and beyond for anxious child

IN THE AIR: Chase Standley, pictured with staff from Qantaslink, who took him on a tour of a plane ahead of his first flight to Brisbane.
IN THE AIR: Chase Standley, pictured with staff from Qantaslink, who took him on a tour of a plane ahead of his first flight to Brisbane. Contributed

Traveling by plane can be a stressful experience for an anxious child and their parent.

Stories abound of autistic children and their parents being removed from flights due to their child's behaviour.

Many ASD parents would rather drive their child halfway across the country than try to deal with the challenges that flying create and I was no different.

The unfamiliar sounds, the crowds, the smells and the changes in the routine all equal one thing: autism meltdown high probability!

Chase is a four-year-old autistic boy who is due to fly down to Brisbane Monday for a week long stay at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital. Chase will be participating in Electroencephalography.

An (EEG) is an electrophysiological monitoring method to record electrical activity of the brain.

Chase will need to undergo this testing for the entire week.

Due to the type of testing and time restraint driving wasn't an option.

We were flying.

Chase hadn't been on a plane before so preparation and practice would be the secret to a successful flight, so I enlisted the help of a friend Katy Fowle, who works privately doing early intervention and we put together a practise run.

Wednesday afternoon we met with Adam from Winkel Aviation at Gladstone airport where we were greeted by the Qantas ground staff.

Adam gave Chase a tour of the grounds and lead us out to an aircraft.

The captain and crew walked Chase through the boarding process and showed him around the plane pointing our familiar objects that he can look for on Mondays flight.

Thanks to Qantas and the team our flight won't be as challenging, we really appreciate them going the extra mile and accommodating us and Chase's needs and look forward to flying with them Monday

Topics:  anxiety asd autism qantas

Death threat to mayor, locked medico in room

Peter Midgely leaves the Gladstone court precinct after getting bail.

Peter Midgely made threats to kill former mayor Gail Sellers

Wives talk of lost husbands after trawler tragedy

ALWAYS REMEMBERED: Cheryl Roberts, Melissa Henderson, Brieana Andersen, Michael Schofield and Lyn Chivers at the memorial ceremony for Matthew Roberts and David Chivers who were tragically lost at sea on April 4, 2016.

Lost fishermen will not be forgotten

Dredging begins in Gladstone's port

Dredging the 2.3km Narrows crossing of the QCLNG and APLNG gas pipelines. The dredging involves a small backhoe dredge mounted on a barge, two tug boats, a survey vessel. After the pipelines are laid in the same trench, they will be covered with rock for protection from shipping and will still allow sufficient depth for boat traffic through The Narrows. Photo taken on the GPC Gladstone Harbour Tour.

BUOYS removed to make room for dredging operations.

Local Partners

Taylor Swift files lawsuit over alleged groping

Taylor Swift source Bang

Swift has commenced legal action against a DJ over the incident

Kanye West threatens to boycott Grammys

West says he won't go to the Grammys if Frank Ocean's not nominated

Why this actress wasn't embarrassed by nude photo leak

Leslie Jones source Bang

'If you wanna see Leslie Jones naked, just ask,' she said

Dad's Army comic genius Jim Perry dies

Jimmy Perry, the creator of Dad's Army.

Dad's Army series captured all that British people savour

Check out some fashions from the Coast festival

FASHION: Ocean Zen range.

Images from the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival show what's hot

Australian Survivor's magician Matt out of tricks

Australian Survivor contestant Matt Tarrant.

SHOW'S power couple looks unstoppable in race to the finish.

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

Push to sell homes that flooded Gladstone's market

Suburban housing in Glenvale, Toowoomba, Friday, October 17, 2014. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle

URGENT push to cash-up first home buyers investing in Gladstone.

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.