Travel can be exciting and filled with lots of questions. As technology has improved, our methods for anticipating, recording for use as a personal diary and sharing trips continue to evolve for our son, an adult AAC user.
Preparing with a communication solution
Beforehand, in the AAC app, in our case Proloquo2Go, we have a travel page that includes common questions and comments, a folder for packing a suitcase, and a folder for each trip with additional details. Trips have included attending weddings, seeing family and friends, and going to a waterpark. As we prepare for a trip, the appropriate folder is hidden until we are ready for it.
Questions and comments
For us, the travel page has frequent questions, such as when are we going, where are we going, are we driving or flying, and are we staying at a hotel? Comments include sharing the interest in travel and asking others about their travels. The specific trip page may include an airline logo and a logo or picture of the hotel and attractions. If we will see family or friends, we include their pictures. Our son enjoys relating where we live and where we are going, so we have included maps marked with the origin, destination and perhaps routing.
We may also prepare a calendar page as a visual schedule, such as this generic example from a recent trip. A few photos were added as they became available during or after the trip.