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Social Stories Are Effective

Social stories are a powerful learning tool intended to provide clear exchanges of communication between parents and children. This form of storytelling describes a context, skill, achievement or idea in a clear and direct way, making it easy for children to grasp. 

Courageous Kids’ stories are passionately written from Kathryn’s first-hand experience as a mother, and include specific information to teach children what to expect in a given situation. Developing familiarity with upcoming situations and explaining expectations means children are prepared and ready. Each story serves to teach coping and social skills, develop emotional intelligence and help guide behaviour.

The Courageous Kids children’s storybook app is designed for children aged 2-6 years as this is a time of immense change and growing independence.

The concept of teaching through social stories was originally developed to assist children with anxiety and autism, but has been expanded as a useful tool for all children faced with change. The unique collection of stories in this app have been highly effective in helping Kathryn’s eldest son, along with her three-year old and her friends’ children, sparking this entire passion project.

 

Personalised, customisable stories

Tailor each story to your child​

Find out how our Social Stories can help all children, including those with anxiety or autism

Create truly personalised stories by including the names of your child and their key grown ups. The Courageous Kids app offers you the opportunity to include  (parents, grandparents, teachers, doctors, etc) within each story.  Text on each page can also be edited to further tailor the story-telling context for your child.  

Early discussion and explanation of upcoming events in a calm and safe environment will help prevent your child from feeling overwhelmed.

Each story deals with feelings and behaviours that may be associated with navigating new or challenging social situations. Courageous Kids can help prepare children for new situations.

To begin, choose 1 of 10 avatars to represent your child in each story. There are also 8 adult avatars that can be used to portray grown-up characters (e.g. parents, teachers, doctors). To personalise the story, you will be asked to enter your child’s name, DOB (so we can automatically update their age) and the name(s) of the adults into the story template.

For further customisation, you can also replace our illustrations with your very own photos. Uploading your own photos into the pages of our stories allows children to properly visualise themselves in each situation. For example, in the story “My Teachers at School”, uploading a photo of your child’s new teacher(s) will allow them to recognise and feel comfortable with them even before their first day. Sometimes you won’t have the perfect photo for each page. Don’t worry, every story comes fully illustrated!

Social Stories are proven to be effective

Social stories are a powerful learning tool intended to provide clear exchanges of communication between parents and children. This form of storytelling describes a context, skill, achievement or idea in a clear and direct way, making it easy for children to grasp. 

Courageous Kids’ stories are passionately written from Kathryn’s first-hand experience as a mother, and include specific information to teach children what to expect in a given situation. Developing familiarity with upcoming situations and explaining expectations means children are prepared and ready. Each story serves to teach coping and social skills, develop emotional intelligence and help guide behaviour. 

The Courageous Kids children’s storybook app is designed for children aged 2-6 years as this is a time of immense change and growing independence.

The concept of teaching through social stories was originally developed to assist children with anxiety and autism, but has been expanded as a useful tool for all children faced with change. The unique collection of stories in this app have been highly effective in helping Kathryn’s eldest son, along with her three-year old and her friends’ children, sparking this entire passion project.

 

What the Courageous Kids App offers

Searching for a method to present everyday situations, and challenges, to your child in a relatable way? You’re not alone. Through her own experience, and by listening to other parents and childhood educators, Kathryn realised there was a need within the community to empower children in an easy and enjoyable way.  

The app Courageous Kids, was developed in collaboration with a child psychologist, speech pathologist and occupational therapist. The children’s storybook app offers 3 powerful and fun learning tools to prepare your child for upcoming situations with confidence:  

Personalised

    customisable stories   

Fun games

    to teach social rules  

Scheduler with icons

     to create visual plans  

Download the Courageous Kids app, free