Good question! I’ve always had to pioneer solutions for my son who has Aspergers Syndrome. Anyone with a child on the spectrum knows that there are no cookie-cutter solutions as our children are as unique (and beautiful) as snowflakes. I’m really thinking out of the box these days so he continues to build his self confidence and independence. I’m pooling our family’s talents—my son’s voice over, my daughter’s writing, my marketing skills, and my husband’s support—and collaborating with very creative professionals to develop a children’s book app series for the iPad. 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!
Why a book app series?
My son is a professional voice over actor and this gives him another opportunity to do what he does best. And the stories are “his” stories, so my hope is that he feels a sense of pride from sharing his unique viewpoint with the world.
“Geek Club Books, I’m unique. I’m a geek.” is our universal theme and the first story, “The Mighty League, Vol. 1: The Terrible Taunting,” introduces JMan 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.
But how do you create a book app?
Another good question! I started by connecting with other authors and discovered Karen Robertson, a successful children’s book app author who shares her experiences, advice, and resources with other authors. Score! Her Book App Academy educated me on the ins and outs, ups and downs of book app publishing. Armed with her valuable information, I’ve created a plan and pulled together an incredible team. I’ll be sharing more about this and the “road to our first app launch” in future posts.
Igniting self acceptance in others and in ourselves
But more than a book app series, it’s my dream to have everyone who travels here to embrace their uniqueness! Our community message is geek is good (better than good…awesome), and being different is accepted and celebrated. Please join us on our journey and share that part of you that makes you, YOU, with us.
*UPDATE 2019: Our book app won a Temple Grandin Award because when it was released it was one of the first times there was a character in an app on the autism spectrum. We realized that we had a bigger mission and became an autism storytelling nonprofit. Since its, we have transitioned away from apps and have recreated our Mighty League 1 and Mighty League 2 as interactive digital comics so they are more accessible.
What should you read next?
- More stories about our personal autism journey
- Introduction to our family and why we started Geek Club Books for the autism community
- More about Geek Club Books, an autism storytelling nonprofit and its mission