Book App Summary
Can a storybook app change how the world views autism?
Good question! Today 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism and yet, the general public understands very little about the diagnosis—and what they do know is often shrouded in misperceptions and negative stereotypes. Almost 70% of children with autism experience emotional trauma from being bullied.
Having raised a son on the autism spectrum—an adult now who was bullied in elementary school but has emerged as a brilliantly talented voice actor. Today he lives in an independent group home and does voice work on video games, apps, audio stories and more.
I had the idea that I could pool my family’s talents—my son’s voice over, my daughter’s writing, my marketing skills, and my husband’s support—and collaborate with very creative professionals to develop a children’s book app series. The goal was to create entertaining stories that would capture the hearts and minds of children—to entertain them while teaching them that autism or not, they aren’t that different from one another.
The Mighty League series focuses on our own personal stories. We’re sharing my son’s real life experiences in a unique, respectful and, hopefully, entertaining way to share how someone on the spectrum overcomes obstacles, triumphs over social anxieties, and thrives…quirks and all!
We’re telling a universal tale in an authentic and unexpected way
“The Mighty League, Vol. 1: The Terrible Taunting,” introduces JMan (or Jaycee because the reader gets to choose the gender) and his hedgehog sidekick, Mr. Redge, where they stop a bully, make the playground a peaceful place, and more importantly, gain a new friend. The story is a classic (and real) tale, told from the perspective of someone who sees his world from a very different perspective. In the app, JMan’s Super Secret Notebook will provide the reader with important educational information about Aspergers Syndrome, bullying, and other topics relevant to the storyline.
We’re making the topic of autism mainstream for better understanding and acceptance.
What began as a creative idea for a story app series turned into an initiative for change and our founding of Geek Club Books, an autism charity. We tell the stories of autism to ignite hearts and open minds so those with autism are given every opportunity in this world to shine. We use digital media, app technology, curriculum, social media, and soon, webisodes to create our unique form of autism education through autism storytelling. And we hire autistic adults to work with us on their creation.
In addition to the upcoming release of our second story app, Mighty League, Vol. 2: The Horrible Hug, we’re working on an exciting project, Bluebee TeeVee, Autism Information Station—a series of fun and informative webisodes to teach children about autism. They are free of charge and will come with parent/educator episode guides, classroom discussion questions, and suggested resources.
Why will kids love this book?
- GIRL POWER option! You can change the superhero, JMan, into super-heroine, Jaycee.
- Touch Mr. Redge on every page and a SECRET NOTEBOOK pops up with age-appropriate information on Aspergers Syndrome, being different, and bullying.
- Over 70 INTERACTIVE SOUNDS AND ANIMATIONS—including capes waving, speech bubbles, character movements, and more.
- Original “I’m Unique, I’m a Geek” THEME SONG by award-winning children’s performing artist, AndyZ.
- Easy to use navigation, customization, and page turning effects.
- Narration with word highlighting, self-read, or record your own narration options.
- PROJECT BASED LEARNING CURRICULUM and ACTIVITY GUIDES aligned with Common Core State Standards available for FREE DOWNLOAD