The following was sent to up by the folks at The Mighty League. I thought it looks like a great app and story and wanted you all to know about it. Stories and books that have a character with a disability like Aspergers or Autism are hard to find.
When children are entertained, they’re listening. When children are told stories about real people, you’ve got their attention. When you add interactivity, they’ll engage in the stories. And when they are listening, attentive and engaged, they’ll learn.
This is how my family is changing the perceptions about life on the spectrum. My daughter, Asperger son, and I are using our own family experiences and talents for storytelling to teach lessons about self-acceptance, being different, handling bullying, and Asperger’s Syndrome. And we’re using technology and interactive animation to do it. We created The Mighty League, Vol. 1: The Terrible Taunting as a first in a series of storybook apps to share my son’s real life adventures growing up on the autism spectrum.
It’s one of the only (if not THE only) story apps with an Asperger protagonist. We share that the character (a 10 year old version of my son) has Asperger’s Syndrome in an authentic way—the character’s spectrum tendencies are a part of the plotline and you get to see the world from his own unique perspective. When readers delve deeper, they’ll discover the character’s journal with age-appropriate information about Asperger’s and bullying as it relates to the narrative.
The Mighty League has so many features that are appealing to and delighting spectrum and neurotypical children who enjoy the comic book style layout, fun animations, sounds, and original ‘kindierock’ style music by recording artist Andy Z. There are several customizable features—such as choosing whether the main character is a boy or a girl or the ability to record your own narration—that, according to reviewers, makes our app stand out from the crowd.
But what I believe is really connecting parents, children, teachers and SLPAs to our app is my son—he’s real…he was a young boy who struggled to fit in and now, at 28, he’s comfortable in his own skin and wants kids on the spectrum to feel the same.
“The book app is truly wonderful. I know two children with Asperger’s are the same but my son and I just had our first look at ti and it was like we were reading about him. It is brilliant on so many levels. I wish every school would use this app. I’ve read a few things designed for children and this felt like it had all the right elements. It feels like real life.” Rebecca, mom to an 8 year old son with Asperger’s Syndrome.
The Mighty League runs on iOS and Android mobile devices, Kindle Fire, PC and Mac. The cost is $3.99 and can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. For more on the app and direct links to purchase, go to .
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Here’s a link to Andy Z .