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Written by Avril   
Sunday, 14 July 2013

I am delighted and proud to let you know that I have recently launched some of my Off We Go! books as apps with ITV Signed Stories. Our son Stephen who has autism and severe intellectual/learning disability is really enjoying using them! As well as being a fun shared experience with a parent or sibling, they are also a great educational resource for the classroom.

Going to Buy Clothes, Going to the Hairdresser and Going to the Doctor are now available in British Sign Language and American Sign Language (not available yet in Irish Sign Language). Here are some of the images from the apps.

These stories cover activities that in many situations the child themselves can relate to. These books are like a road map to prepare a child and to show the child what to do in an everyday experience.They are particularly suited to children with autism and learning difficulties who often struggle with imaginative stories.

The app itself is free to download and you get ‘bookshelf’ with a free book. You can then choose which books you would like to buy to put on your ‘bookshelf’. Each book wonderfully signed and narrated. Some titles also have sounds and other animation. The iPad versions of the books also have interactive games included.

When you hear the word Signed Stories, you might think this app is for children with hearing difficulties, in fact it is a super app for all children because:

  • Storytelling is fun and a great way to learn
  • The signing and narration brings ‘human’ expression and connection
  • This app creates a great opportunity to talk about difference, disability and diversity
  • The games included with this app give an opportunity for us all to learn some signs

I am interested to hear what you think, so if you get a chance leave me a comment or send me an e-mail avril@offwego.ie

Best wishes as always,
Avril

 

About Me

I’m Avril, married to Robert and I’m Mum to 3 kids, Stephen, Michael and Rachel. Stephen has special needs (he has a rare chromosomal disorder). We can see he has lots in common with children on the autistic spectrum and children with down syndrome. As well being a Mum, I’m an advocate/lobbyist for those with disabilities. I feel strongly about the importance of including Stephen is as many everyday activities and I have created the Off We Go! series of books to help Stephen and kids like him manage with everyday events.

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