Parenting Special Needs Magazine May

APPy Trails: A Road Trip with Apps

 

What do an accessible theme park, an iPad and a road trip have in common?

Parenting Special Needs Road Trip AppsVacation fun!

Spring and summer time bring thoughts of getting away from routine–vacations, camps, visiting relatives and that inevitable time in the car called: The Road Trip. We know from experience and our own childhood that road trips can sometimes be fun, sometimes frustrating experiences. Including a child with special needs on a long car trip can pose unique challenges.

Our co-founder, Cristen, and her family recently traveled to Morgan’s Wonderland which is the world’s first accessible theme park. Cristen shared her experience and how her family used technology during the trip to maximize the fun factor and reduce stress in the latest issue of Parenting Special Needs Magazine (pg. 50). Technology was not the focus of the recreation, but rather a tool that could enhance the experience of having fun together.

Below we have included some of the apps she used during the road trip and while on vacation. For more, check out the full article and subscribe for your free copy of Parenting Special Needs Magazine!

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[row_column] Mad Libs App[/row_column]
[row_column]Mad Libs
Mad Libs is a fun app where users make up silly stories by filling in sentence blanks with nouns, adjectives, verbs and other word types. It teaches grammar, sentence structure, parts of speech and vocabulary. Mad Libs can be played alone or as a great form of educational entertainment on long road trips.
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[row_column]kid in story app[/row_column]
[row_column]Kid in Story
Kid in Story Book Maker app is a wonderful way to document and share your trip. While on vacation, kids can take pictures of themselves or background pictures alone and create the story of the trip later. Children love telling stories of things they experienced so this app is a great way for them to write their own personal story.
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[row_column]Scene Speak App[/row_column]
[row_column]Scene Speak
Scene Speak is a unique app for children to create interactive visual scene displays and social stories. Users upload images and add “hotspots”. A hotspot is an area of the screen with sound, text labels or links to another visual scene. What a fun way to remember a trip!
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[row_column]Pic Collage App[/row_column]
[row_column]PicCollage
Pic Collage is a great app for sharing pictures on a trip. Pic Collage allows users to make a collage using their camera roll on their iPad or Google Images. Students with special needs love this app. They can easily add stickers, text, fonts and frames to their photo collage. Then, they can share their collage on social media sites.
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[row_column]Switch Box Invaders App[/row_column]
[row_column]Switch Box Invaders
Switch Box Invaders is a game for users with special needs who use assistive technology to control the iPad. The game is a motivational means of developing and improving sequencing, timing and basic switch control skills. It can be controlled with a single switch connected using most iPad compatible switch interfaces or it can be played by touching any part of the screen with a hand or arm. Switch Box Invaders is perfect for killing boredom during wait times at theme parks, events, and in the car.
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[row_column]Signs - Autism Series App[/row_column]
[row_column]Signs – Autism Series
Signs – Autism Series is an app for users with Autism and other developmental disabilities that helps them develop receptive identification of signs. It is very easy to use and helps learners differentiate from a variety of daily living signs that they see in the community. Using this app in the car along with pointing to visible road signs will reinforce the real life connection.
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So for your upcoming family vacation, think about using your mobile device to make that road trip seem just a little bit shorter and make those amazing memories last a little bit longer! Have a story to share about how your family uses technology? We would love to hear about it!

 

 

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