As of Friday 13th March 2020, Special iApps have implemented our plan to protect the business from the spread of Covid-19.
We are a small team based in Durham, in the UK, and want to do our part to protect ourselves and those around us, particularly those who are vulnerable like our son William. Being a social enterprise creating educational apps, our technology allows all our employees to work from home and continue working hard to support children's needs. Business at Special iApps is operating as usual in every respect and we remain committed to the well-being of everyone at this difficult time.
We expect to remain open for business throughout this difficult period and intend communicating with customers and staff using technology where appropriate. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to reply as soon as possible. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook to recieve up to date information from us.
This is a difficult time for all of us, but we're sure we'll all come out the other side closer and more caring for the vulnerable in our communities. From all of us here at Special iApps, we want to thank you all for your continued support.
All our apps are available to download from the App Store, Google Play and Amazon App Store, and with many of use now home schooling our children, this is a great time use Special iApps to support remote learning. They're also great for teaching children important skills or helping to explain what is happening in the world right now. Here are just a few different ways to use our apps for home learning:
Work on literacy skills
Our literacy apps: Special Words, Special Spelling, Special Stories and Special Sentences all target specific areas of a child's development and can support literacy work. Special Words can help children learn new vocabulary, Special Spelling to improve spelling and letter recognition, Special Stories for social stories and reading, and Special Sentences for writing and reading.
All of these apps allow you to create your own content personalised with photos, text and audio. They're a great way to adapt school work to suit abilities, and can progress with children as they develop new skills.
Explain changes to routine
Changing situations and uncertainty is difficult for many of our children to understand at the best of times, and current developments are no different. We find social stories to be incredibly helpful to ease anxiety and simply explain changes to routines. Create Special Stories about what our new routines may now look like now we're all based at home. You can use these stories to explain why things are different right now, which can be a great conversation starter to allow children to ask any questions they may have.
Wash your hands with step-by-step stories
The importance of washing our hands has never been more prominent than it is now. We created this story below using Special Stories when William was younger to help him learn about the step needed when washing our hands. You can also develop this story to help explain why this is so important as it will help stop the spread of germs.
Download our free word lists
It can be tricky to think of ways to teach our children at home, but to support you we have a number of free word lists to download into our apps which follow a number of areas in the curriculum. They can be a great starting point for home schooling which you can then add to and develop to suit your child's needs and abilities.
Share your content
When everything goes back to normal, a great way to let your children's school and teachers know what they have been learning is to share the content you have created within the apps. It's very quick and simple to do this, as you can share content between the apps on different devices, or you can email their work as a PDF.