Our Nonprofit’s Origin Story Begins with a Boy in a Cape

It began with a boy in a cape. He looks like any other boy but his brain is wired differently. So the kids at school and the people in his community treated him differently, and not in a good way. They were “aware” of autism, but they didn’t understand it. “Better to ignore him,” they thought. “Or make fun of him.” And the boy hid behind his cape and said, “I guess I just don’t matter.” This was my son’s story but sadly it’s a universal experience when you are on the autism spectrum. Marginalized, stigmatized, bullied and isolated, so many … [Read more...]

The Galactic Power of a Horrible Hug!

How can you help your child overcome the fear of the unknown? This was the question I asked myself when Jonathan was going to start his next school year at a brand new school. Why did we change schools? Well, his first school just wasn’t a good fit for him academically or socially. We didn’t know it at the time, but he was on the autism spectrum and the school just wasn’t geared for those who learned differently. And the students weren’t very accepting of kids who were different. So we found a wonderful school our unique boy—a safe haven … [Read more...]

Onward Geek Club Books – The Next Steps

What began as a creative project inspired by my son, has turned into a movement for change and empowerment. For almost two years I've been working on Geek Club Books. What started as a creative brainstorm, has turned into a 501c3 charity on a mission to profoundly change how the world views autism. We use app technology to engage and tell real stories from our own family's experiences to entertain children while educating them about autism. Research shows that narrative has a powerful impact on the brain, so our autism stories elicit … [Read more...]

Autimism: Positive for a Change
April 1-30

April is Autism Awareness Month, and Geek Club Books and Conquer for Conner are teaming up with the Autism Society to present a full roster of editorial and special events that focus on the positive side of Autism. We call it Autimism and our mission is to move the world forward— from awareness to acceptance to inclusion. Every day in April, you'll be uplifted and inspired by essays, interviews and photography by the people who are or have someone they love on the autism spectrum—mom bloggers, Facebook admins, young autistic adults, … [Read more...]

Early Mighty League Reviews Are In!

I know, I know. It's a cheesy reference...a parody of something actress, Sally Fields, said at the 1985 Academy Awards when she accepted her second Oscar for "Places in the Heart." At that moment, she felt validated and accepted as a serious actress from her peers and the Academy. And it's the best way for me to express how we're feeling from the early reviews for The Mighty League. Our app has only been out on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play since September 2nd, and already we've heard such positive feedback from parents and industry-respected … [Read more...]

The Mighty League Squad: Meet Debbie-Doo!

Julie from Ketchup with a Side of Autism is very proud of her daughter Debbie. To her family, Debbie is a super princess and we agree! Debbie is really super special. She loves Monsters, Inc., Cars, playing the piano, and her secret potion... Ketchup is her condiment of choice when it comes to eating and she puts it on EVERYTHING! We proclaim Debbie-Doo! a member of The Squad. Keep up the good work, Debbie...your top secret certificate and Geek Club Books' bag are on their way. Nominate your kiddos for "The Squad" by posting photos in … [Read more...]

The Mighty League Squad: Meet superKKiddos Kiana + Kalea

Karen shares her family's story with us at The Crazy Journey Of Autism With A Side Of SPD And ADHD. There are a lot of up's and down's on this crazy journey but we are here to help raise awareness for these issues and everything in-between! We proclaim her "superKKiddos" Kiana and Kalea members of The Squad. Kiana (on the left) is three and the calming force in this pint-sized partnership...and Kalea is 18 months old and the "blizzard of blur" (a term we use in the Mighty League story!). She never stops...a real mover and climber. Together, … [Read more...]

The Mighty League Squad: Meet Superhero Wiam

The Mighty League has proclaimed that Liam aka "Superhero Wiam" is a true Superhero--brave, strong and awesome! Just like JMan, Superhero Wiam is never without his cape...he just never knows when he'll be called to duty!  His mom Rebecca, writes about Liam and the family's autism journey on her Facebook page,  Autism: Uncensored. She shares "the hilarious antics, the amazing, the challenging, the healing, and the bizarre." As a new member of "The Squad," we have sent Liam his Special Orders signed by JMan, Jaycee and Mr. Redge and a Geek … [Read more...]

Mighty League App Audio Preview

Things are going swimmingly here at Geek Club Books as we enter the final stages of our storybook app's release! Just a few more techie touches and it looks as though we'll have a sizzling end of summer...stay TOONed. In the meantime, we'd like to have a little fun in the sun by sharing an audio preview of a few of our Mighty League cast of characters: JMan Jaycee Mr. Redge Dr. E(vil) Touch Have you met all the characters in the Mighty League? Have you heard the Geek Club Books Theme Song? … [Read more...]