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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Kid in Story Book Maker's price may be hefty compared to some storybook-creation apps, but it has special features that make it easy to create social stories for kids who need extra help with social and communication skills. Users can create stories from scratch or can add a specific kid into stories already included in the template, which is especially helpful for kids on the autism spectrum who may need to see themselves encountering situations, such as a visit to the dentist, in storybook form before encountering the situation in real life. Though designed for kids with autism in mind, Kid in Story Book Maker could be helpful for parents of preschoolers who want to introduce kids to a routine or ease them into a new experience.
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What's it about?
KID IN STORY BOOK MAKER includes several template stories wherein parents or kids can add their image right into the story. It's easy to extract a person's image from a photo and eliminate the background, so only the picture of the person can be dropped into the scenes of a book. Parents can create custom books using their own images and words, or they can add their child's image to existing stories (including Faces I Make and Let's Get a Haircut, with more being added regularly). Create unique stories to help kids adapt and grow.
Is it any good?
Though many storybook-creation apps exist, Kid in Story Book Maker holds its own, even with a hefty price tag. Its social-story focus for kids with special social and communication needs sets it apart from other storybook makers. A video tutorial shows exactly how to use the tool, which is so easy to manipulate that many kids will quickly be able to create their own stories and insert themselves or their friends into them. Kids can easily share their storybooks, too, even with friends and family who do not buy the app, since there's a free reader available for download. Ways to use Kid in Story Book Maker are limitless, from creating stories to prepare kids for new situations to making memory books of experiences and everything in between. This is a storybook tool that parents and kids will enjoy.
Talk to your kids about ...
Create social stories for kids before anxiety-inducing events such as the first day of school or a visit to the dentist so they can know what to expect and look forward to the experience.
Create a story for your kid's morning or bedtime routine using pictures of them at each step.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: naming, reading, storytelling, writing
- Skills: Creativity: producing new content
Communication: multiple forms of expression
Health & Fitness: mental health
- Price: $6.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: May 31, 2013
- Category: Education
- Size: 96.80 MB
- Publisher: Locomotive Labs
- Version: 3.1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
For kids who love digital creation
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