Birthday Party

Using Special iApps to prepare for Maya's Birthday

My Daughter, Maya, was about to celebrate her 4th Birthday! Of course, this would be a time to party but for Maya, who has Down syndrome and has some issues with dealing with new situations and events, the occasion might not have been so much fun.

She is hypersensitive and is not comfortable with changes in her routine and unexpected events. I decided that part of my party planning and preparation needed to be to work with Maya on her anxiety. I began by sitting with Maya and looking at photographs from her last birthday and other parties we had been to. We talked about balloons and party games and sang the birthday song together over and over again.

I then decided to use Special Words by Special iApps to reinforce the images and to open up more discussion. Maya loves using the app and gets very excited when I introduce a new profile of images for her to work with. After using Special Words, Maya was freely talking about Birthday Cakes, Balloons, Party Food, and Gifts and seemed to be looking forward to the idea of having a party. I felt confident that I had succeeded in lowering her anxiety and had actually managed to enable her to relax enough to enjoy the celebrations.

She was happy when the bunting went up around the house and played with the balloons as I blew them up. For a child who would normally be quite anxious at this point, Maya was coping really well and I was hopeful that her birthday would be a true celebration.

As it turned out, Maya loved her big day and clapped and cheered with every part of it!

Barbara and Maya

These add-ons for Special Words and Special Stories are perfect for Birthday times.

Containing 8 beautiful drawings, suitable for use in any language. Text and audio are not included, but you can have fun adding your own!

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

Maya's 4th Birthday

Maya's 4th Birthday

To download, please carefully follow these steps:

For iOS devices

  1. Ensure you have the latest version of the app(s) on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
  2. If you have disabled editing in the app(s), re-enable it via the Settings.
  3. Visit this web page page in the Safari app on your mobile device.
  4. If you have Special Words, tap the download link below, select Special Words and choose a language.
  5. Tap Open in Special Words: this will launch Special Words.
  6. Select the Add new profile, NOT any of the Replace options.
  7. If you have Special Stories, repeat steps 3 to 5 for Stories instead of Words.
  8. Select the Add new collection option, NOT any of the Replace options.

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For Android devices

  1. Ensure you have the latest versions of the app(s) on your tablet or phone.
  2. If you have disabled editing in the app(s), re-enable it via the Settings.
  3. Visit this web page page in a web browser (e.g. Chrome or Internet) on your mobile device.
  4. If you have Special Words, tap the download link below, select Special Words and choose a language: a bubble should appear saying Starting download...
  5. On Android 5 (Lollipop) and later, open the My Files app, and navigate to Folders > Device storage > Download. On earlier versions, launch the Downloads app.
  6. You should see a file named birthday.siasw. If the download is shown as in progress, wait for it to complete.
  7. Tap the file: this will launch Special Words.
  8. Select the Add new profile option, NOT any of the Replace options.
  9. If you have Special Stories, repeat steps 3 to 7 for Stories instead of Words.
  10. Select the Add new collection option, NOT any of the Replace options.

Download Now

Note:

You now have more than one profile (in Special Words) or collection (in Special Stories), and will only see one at any time. You haven't lost your previous data!

To switch between profiles in Special Words, tap Word List then the action button (top right) and choose Manage Profiles. To switch between collections in Special Stories, go to the list of stories, tap the action button (top left), and choose Manage Collections.

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