Children With Special Needs

In order to participate in any Carnival youth program activities, the parent or legal guardian will need to complete a registration form. You will also be given a special needs checklist, which will help aid the youth staff in how to best serve your child while participating in the activities.

Children who are within one year of a Carnival Youth Program age group may move down into the younger age group. Further exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis for special needs children.
18 year old's with special needs are not allowed to participate at all in the program, as they are legally adults.

We do not provide one on one attention, but if this is necessary, the parent or legal guardian, assigned helper is welcome to stay and participate with the child during activity times.
Parents of children with special needs will be provided with a beeper or phone (if applicable).

Youth program rules still apply to all children, in terms of administration of medication, illness, hours and unacceptable behavior while in the program.

The youth staff may not administer any medication and/or needles to any child participating in the Carnival youth program. Additionally, no medications, with the exception of epi-pens, diabetic testing equipment, nebulizers and inhalers are permitted in the facilities.

Should a child still be in diapers and they are older/bigger than what the diaper changing table can hold, then the parent or legal guardian will be called to assist.
Youth staff cannot lift children with mobility disabilities.

Since the youth staff is not able to provide one-on-one assistance, children will need to be able to feed themselves. In the event that a child needs to be fed, a parent or guardian may remain with the child during dinner, or bring the child to activities following the dinner service.

Supervised lunch with youth staff is scheduled for children ages 2-11 years old, during port days only, for parents who are on-shore and/or on a Carnival scheduled shore excursion.

Supervised dinner with youth staff is scheduled nightly (except embarkation night) for children ages 2-11 years old.

Special diets cannot be accommodated. Kid’s menus are subject to change based on availability.

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