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Special Words

Develop Communication and Language Skills

Help children reach their speech and language goals with Special Words.

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Designed for communication and language development, Special Words is transforming literacy around the world. 

Use the app at school to support children in the classroom, during speech therapy sessions or at home to continue learning and devloping new skills.

Why Special Words?

Create unlimited word lists

Personalise with your own photos, text and audio.

Free resources

Access 80+ word lists to support language learning.

Enhance communication

Card matching activities to improve reading, listening, vocabulary and more.

Special Words - Match Pictures activity

Examples of illustrations in the resources available to download

Support remote learning

Use on any laptops, desktops, tablets and phones for effective distance learning.

Enable learning in small steps

Adjustable settings to adapt learning to needs and teach a progression of skills.

Clear and colourful illustrations

Includes 96 pictures and matching written and spoken words in 27 langugages.

Share word lists

Transfer to and from Special Stories and Special Spelling, to other devices and other users.

Print your resources

Use your printed resources in paper-based activities.

App support

Detailed user guide to support you using the app, as well as how-to videos.

Example of a personalise word list in Special Words with photos of the Dean family

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Special Words

  • Paid app from App Store, Google Play and Amazon
  • For iPad, iPhone, Android and Chromebook
  • Includes 96 words in 27 languages
  • Create your own word lists
  • Wide range of adjustable settings
  • Share content between apps and devices
  • 15 downloadable word lists
  • Control using switches

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Special Words Pro

  • Paid app from App Store, Google Play and Amazon
  • For iPad, iPhone, Android and Chromebook
  • Everything in Special Words
  • 35 downloadable word lists
  • Print cards and assessment forms
  • Keyboard control


 Special Words Plus

  • For Home users - Subscribe from Special iApps (currently UK only)
  • For users outside the UK - Evaluate Special Words
  • For Schools and Organistions - Get started now
  • Choice of monthly or yearly subscription
  • Free 14-day trial included
  • For iPad, iPhone, Android, Chromebook, Windows and Mac: see list of supported versions
  • Use on laptops and desktops, as well as tablets and phones
  • Everything in Special Words and Special Words Pro
  • 80+ downloadable word lists with more coming soon

What our users say

“It's very easy for her to use and shows how much she can do! I love when she uses the app she signs and attempts to vocalise some of the words. “

Emily, Parent. Read more ►

“Special Words is an effective resource to enhance communication, language and literacy skills, and has a positive impact on the development of expressive language, receptive language, word recognition, reading and listening skills.”

The Durham iPad Project. Read more ►

“We credit Special Words with kick-starting my daughters reading and now at very nearly 10, she is a fantastic reader.” 

Sarah Sutton, Parent. Read more ►

“The activities in Special Words exceeded our expectations, showing us that he can read more fluently than we realised. Using the app in his 1:1 sessions also made him engage better when returning to class."

Sarah Boyd, Teaching Assistant. Read more ►

Good App Guide RecommendedBETT Awards Finalist 2018Educational App Store 5 star rating