I know what you’re thinking–“This is a BOOK review blog!”. Yes, I review books, all kinds actually, but when Jodi Murphy asked me to review her app there was no question about whether I would do it. You see, Jodi’s son Jonathan has Aspergers Syndrome and, having physical limitations myself, I tend to have a heart for others that have limitations as well. Jodi “created GCB to give my son who has Aspergers Syndrome and others like him a voice via children’s stories we make into apps.” (Direct quote). What is Asperger’s Syndrome? Asperger’s syndrome, also called Asperger’s disorder, is a type of pervasive developmental disorder which involves delays in the development of many basic skills, most notably the ability to socialize with others, to communicate, and to use imagination. And, as the person gets older, their ability to communicate can actually worsen. So, in order to help raise awareness, here I am. Below you will find all of the info on the app followed by my review. If this can help just one person out there I’ll know I’ve done something good. 🙂
DESCRIPTION | The adorkable JMan and his plucky hedgehog sidekick, Mr. Redge are the unstoppable, secret superhero team who save a classmate from the poking pranks of Dr. Evil Touch! Join this quirky duo on their quest to stop a bully, make the school playground a peaceful place, and more importantly, make a new friend who likes crime fighting, capes and karate, too. Discover JMan’s hidden notebook on each page about what it’s like to be an Aspie.
ABOUT THIS APP | This INTERACTIVE storybook app is based on the real JMan, Jonathan Murphy, and his REAL LIFE adventures growing up with ASPERGER’S SYNDROME. Written by his sister, Molly Murphy, and narrated by Jonathan, the story is told by someone who sees his world from a very unique perspective. It promotes SELF-ACCEPTANCE, AWARENESS, and an UNDERSTANDING for others who are different.
You can purchase it here: iTunes * Amazon * Google Play
Priced at just $3.99 and for children Ages 5-11
First of all, anytime a family comes together to raise awareness of a disorder or any type of illness I think it’s a good thing. And, when they actually do something to help others that have a disorder or illness, I believe their voice should be heard as well. The Murphy family is doing just that. This app is just the coolest thing. It has the cutest graphics and songs that make you want to move to the beat. You can adjust the volume of the music as well as the volume of the narrator (Which, by the way, is Jodi’s son Jonathan! Cool right?). It has the words to the story (The stories are written by her daughter, Molly) written on the screen so you can follow along as Jonathan narrates. But the best thing of all is the person playing the app can record their own voice and narrate the story themselves! Do I think this gives people with Asperger’s a voice like it’s intended? Absolutely! I also think it will help anyone with developmental delays and not just Asperger’s alone. If you have a child with developmental delays I hope you will try this app. I think your child will love it and benefit from it as well. I also want to mention that once you finish the book it takes you to the App store so you can buy more stories but, the best part is, there are several stories that are FREE! You can believe I will be recommending it.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. The opinions stated are mine and mine alone. I received no monetary compensation for this review.
My Rating: 5 Stars *****