To download an app, tap the relevant store button, and select from
the drop-down list.
Many pages are available in several languages:
English (UK and US)
and we will be adding more soon.
If you have any bookmarks or favorites pointing to our old .co.uk or
.com sites, they will be redirected to the new one.
Our new email address
(old addresses will still reach us) and we are still @specialiapps on
We hope you like the new site. Let us know what you think!
Bev, Colin, Barbara, Catherine and the children
May 15, 2015 - We won Best Diversity Resource Award!
We spent an amazing night at the Manchester Midland Hotel, where the
Excellence in Diversity
Awards 2015 were being held. We sat amongst so many inspiring
people, who are working tirelessly to promote diversity and inclusion in
We were thrilled to be announced winner in the Best Diversity Award
category! This is in recognition of the contribution our apps have made
to teaching children with disabilities.
As Colin said in his acceptance speech, this wouldn't have been
possible without all the time and effort that so many people have put
in, to help and support us.
So we'd like to dedicate the award to all our volunteers around the
world. Thanks to you, we have apps that are making a difference to so
many children around the world, in their own language.
We are very grateful to the award organizers, sponsors and judges,
for honoring us with this award.
The theme of WDSD 2015 is LOTS OF SOCKS, and to join in we have
created some FREE add-ons for Special Words and Special
Stories. They include drawings of 20 pairs of odd socks, each
accompanied by the word “socks” written and spoken in a
different language, by some of our many volunteer translators from
around the world.
Can you identify all the languages? You could win a free app!
Today Apple increased the prices of all paid apps in countries
including Canada, Norway and the whole of the European Union, to reflect
recent changes in exchange rates and taxes. To minimize the effect on
our customers, we have adjusted the prices of our apps to compensate as
far as we can.
All app developers have to assign each of their paid apps to a
“price tier”. In the US, the price in each tier is 1¢
less than the tier number, so for example tier 14 is $13.99. Apple sets
prices for all other countries based on this, and adjusts them from time
to time, using exchange rates and rounding. So, before today, tier 14
was $9.99 (UK) and 12.99 € (Euro Zone), but now it is
$10.49 and 13.99 €.
Unfortunately, we cannot set the price for each country individually,
so instead we have moved Special Words,
Stories, Special Numbers and
Match & Find down one tier. This
reverses their price changes in the UK and Euro Zone. Unfortunately,
Apple has raised prices in Canada, Denmark, Norway and Sweden by larger
amounts, so we can only partly offset these increases.
The good news, if you are not in any of the affected countries, is
that the prices have come down: for instance, by $1.00 in the US and in
We always try to keep our costs to a minimum (Special iApps is a
nonprofit organization), and we will hold our prices for as long as we
Many thanks to Laura Marsiliani and Stefan Renstrom for their help
with the Italian translation. The voice is Laura's, the same as in
our Special Words app (Parole
Speciali). Special Stories is also
available in Italian (Storie Speciali).
Between December 24, 2014 and January 1, 2015 we will be operating a
reduced support service. However, if Santa bring you a tablet or
smartphone, and you're stuck using any of our apps, send us an email and
we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
Thank you to everybody who has downloaded our apps in 2014, and
everyone who has helped us develop, translate and test them. We hope
you and your children have a happy, healthy and peaceful 2015.
Bev, Colin, Barbara, and our children
December 2, 2014 - Christmas and Holiday
Barbara has made 24 lovely drawings with a Christmas and Holiday
theme. These are available as FREE downloadable
add-ons for our Special Words and Special Stories apps.
In Special Stories, you can choose to use large or small text, in any
available font face. In an update we've released today for Apple
devices, you can now also have the text left-aligned (also called
left-justified) instead of centered.
The default large and centered text is ideal for very first stories
with only a single word or a short phrase on each page. However, as
your child progresses to reading longer sentences, you may prefer to use
smaller and left-aligned text.
Note that these settings don't modify any stories, they simply
change how all stories are viewed. However, if you print a story, or
export it as a PDF or to iBooks, the resulting copy is always produced
using your current settings.
We have also optimized the new version of Special Stories for the
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and enlarged the box for entering text on
all iPhones and iPads.
Lots of apps claim to have educational benefit, but not all have
The Durham iPad Project evaluated our Special Words app in school and
pre-school settings across County Durham in the UK (equivalent to a
school district in the US) over a term (trimester), with children aged
3-7 years, who had a range of communication, language and literacy
difficulties, and demonstrated big gains.
Updated versions of our award-winning Special Words app are now
available on the App Store and Google Play:
A number of people have asked us if we could make
it possible to shuffle all the cards, not just the ones on each page,
so we have. Just go to the app's settings (accessible from the Word
List), and set Shuffle Cards to All. If you're not
sure whether your child can read the words, or is just remembering
where they are, this will tell you!
We have also optimized the Apple app for the iPhone
6, and fixed a problem preventing the Android app working correctly on
the latest version of Android (5.0).
Here are some updates we will be bringing you in the next few
By popular demand, we're extending the "Shuffle Cards" facility in
Special Words so that you'll have the option of shuffling the whole set
of cards, not just the 4 cards on each page. This will be really
helpful if you want to assess or demonstrate how many words your child
knows, while being sure they're not just remembering which cards are on
We're busy optimizing Special Words, Special Stories and Special
Numbers for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, so they'll look really sharp
and crisp. We will continue to fully support older iPhones as far back
as the 3GS.
We are also working to add Italian and Swedish translations you've
asked for to Special Numbers (Special Words and Special Stories already
support these languages and many more).
As always, full details about all our apps, including user guides,
can be found on this website. If you have any questions or suggestions,
please get in touch!
October 19, 2014 - Special Stories
Updated versions of Special Stories are now available for Apple and
Android devices, with 2 new languages, Portuguese (Brazil) and
Cinthia Azevedo, who translated Special Words for us,
has kindly contributed the Portuguese translation.
Our newest volunteer translator, Stefan Renstrom, has provided the
Swedish, and will be helping us with Swedish and Italian translations of
other apps, so watch this space!
Many thanks to Cinthia and Stefan.
We have also fixed a few bugs, including making the audio come out of
the main speaker instead of the ear speaker when editing pages on
iPhones running iOS 7 and 8.