App review: BW Story App

Layla Haidrani reviews an app that uses pictures to tell stories to people with learning disabilities and communication difficulties.


Created by Books Beyond Words, this app uses pictures to tell stories that engage and empower people with learning disabilities and communication difficulties.

It presents short story scenarios, each between two and nine pictures in length. The nine subjects cover experiences such as going to hospital, having a relationship or agreeing to an operation. 

Nurses and healthcare professionals can help clients create their own story from the pictures.

The app has been created with the help of professionals and tested with people with learning disabilities.

A free version of the app is available on the Books Beyond Words website and users can subscribe to access the entire library of 1800 pictures and 400 short stories.

As it covers sensitive subjects such as violence, abuse, sexuality and death and dying, it is recommended that children and vulnerable adults are supported when accessing the app.

This is an excellent resource to remove barriers to accessing better care and support, aid communication and increase confidence. 

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Also available on Android.

Available on iTunes

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