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Old 04-23-2013, 08:43 PM   #1
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My son has a Sensory Disorder and I'm a little weary about how he will deal with the Mickey Band at the kids club. Sometimes he surprises me and it won't be a big deal; but if it is a problem, can we take it off when he is not in the club? I'm worried that he won't go to the kids club because of having to wear the band. What do others do; is it usually put on at the beginning and kept on the whole time or do some take them off? Are there any alternatives, just in case?
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:45 PM   #2
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My son complains about it as soon as he leaves the club. You can remove it and just have them print out a new strap the next time you go to the club. We have a friend whose son wears his around the ankle since he can't tolerate them around his wrist. Just don't lose it once you take it off. They're not cheap to replace.
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My son has a Sensory Disorder and I'm a little weary about how he will deal with the Mickey Band at the kids club. Sometimes he surprises me and it won't be a big deal; but if it is a problem, can we take it off when he is not in the club? I'm worried that he won't go to the kids club because of having to wear the band. What do others do; is it usually put on at the beginning and kept on the whole time or do some take them off? Are there any alternatives, just in case?
My son has a Sensory Disorder too. So, I was nervous when we approached the CM. Then he found out that he was the only one of my three kids that had to wear it because of his age. He definitely did whine. But, he did allow them to put it on and he quickly stopped complaining once on the ship and once he was distracted.

For some reason, I remember putting it around his ankle but I am not sure if he actually did, if this was an option or that I had hoped it was an option.

Hopefully, you will have an easy transition for him.
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:14 PM   #4
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I will have to keep the ankle in mind - he may be able to forget it quicker on his ankle. Hopefully I'm just getting worried about nothing!
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:52 PM   #5
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The only thing about the ankle is when they need to scan it. I saw parents picking up there kids to have it scanned......meaning it didn't look like the scanner moved. However, I don't know for sure. It was just what I saw. So picking up their legs may make them feel uncomfortable.
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:02 PM   #6
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I have to be honest, when I saw the bands with the little square on a child in a picture on here, my first thought was my two boys are not going to like wearing them for our back to back cruise. I, as an adult, would not want to have to wear that kind of band all week. I wish there was an alternative or that Disney would rethink the band.

I can sympathize with parents whose child has sensory issues. It would be a concern for me as well. I will be interested in hearing your follow up after your cruise
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My daughter has no sensory issues, just hated wearing the thing and I was always paranoid she was going to 'lose it' as a result

So, as soon as we got back to our cabin, we would just cut it off and next time she was going to the club, take the little lojack thing with us and they would just print up another tag - easy!
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My daughter has no sensory issues, just hated wearing the thing and I was always paranoid she was going to 'lose it' as a result

So, as soon as we got back to our cabin, we would just cut it off and next time she was going to the club, take the little lojack thing with us and they would just print up another tag - easy!
Yep, that is what we did. Just cut it off, keep it in a v safe spot and have them print out a new band at the Club, when you go again.
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They don't get upset if you do this all the time? My dd hates wearing that band the whole trip. And I didn't blame her. I would have hated wearing it too.
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I have to be honest, when I saw the bands with the little square on a child in a picture on here, my first thought was my two boys are not going to like wearing them for our back to back cruise. I, as an adult, would not want to have to wear that kind of band all week. I wish there was an alternative or that Disney would rethink the band.

I can sympathize with parents whose child has sensory issues. It would be a concern for me as well. I will be interested in hearing your follow up after your cruise
I felt the same way too, but it was 100% a non-issue with my son, and in fact I don't even see it when I look at our pictures. And when I do notice it, well it's just part of the cruise.


Not saying that it won't be an issue for the OP's son, since he has the sensory issues, but I'm just responding to baleeve, especially the part of not wanting to wear it herself (or himself) because I would feel the same way.



OP if you do cut the band off when he leaves, when you go to check him in again, add in some extra time for them to reprint it and put it back on.
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We also started out last time by putting it on their ankles. As my kids were 9 and 7, this became an issue first time in the club...weren't lifting them!!! The bands got moved to their wrists. My son also has a mixed sensory issue, and the band was never an issue. In fact, taking it off was sad as that meant the cruise was over..LOL!!!
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They don't get upset if you do this all the time? My dd hates wearing that band the whole trip. And I didn't blame her. I would have hated wearing it too.
If they did get upset, they hid it well...

We just turned up with her and the lojack and said 'we need another band please' and they just handed it over, took about 1 minute and saved hours of whinging (complaining in Aussie) from the small fry....
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I don't know how he did it, but my DS was able to take his off, and we were able to attach it back on, whenever he needed to. He was so excited that he didn't have to wear it all the time.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:48 AM   #14
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I gave this some thought last night and my boys enjoy wearing sports wristbands, some call them sweat bands, well I was thinking I will bring those and they can wear them over the band. They are soft and come in great colors and with fun logos and or characters. That way when they have to be scanned they can just pull the sweat band aside.

Maybe this is something the OP could consider as well?
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Thanks for all the ideas. Sounds like the ankle won't work...while my son is only 6 (7 when we vacation) he is the size of a 11-12 year old (currently 56 inches, and I'm sure bigger by the time we cruise). It's hard to determine exactly how sensitive he will be to things because some of it depends on the level of stimulus he is experiencing at the time - there are things that he won't mind one day but on a day with a higher stimulus load he may have issues. At fairs and such he will allow for the plastic band on his wrist, but wants it cut off as soon as we leave, so hopefully it will be similar on the cruise. I'm just concerned because of that bulky looking tracker. I will just wait and see what happens; I'm just glad to know about this ahead of time. Hoping it won't cause him to avoid the kid's club!
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