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special-spelling-settings.pngSpecial Spelling has a number of configurable settings: it is important to make use of these so you can adapt the app to match your child's ability and inclination.

Some settings apply to all activities, others are specific to each individual activity. Tap the menu button at the top right in the main view to access the settings. Note: by default the child safety gate is on which prevents children accessing the settings, this can be turned off. 

 

Settings that apply to all activities

  • Animation Speed

    Slide to the left to slow down the pace of all activities, or to the right to speed them up.

  • Other Options - Reward

By default this is ON (Animation and sound) the cards wiggle back and forward and an applause sound is played, as a reward for completing the activity. You can select from: Animation and Sound, Animation, Sound, None (off).

  • Other Options - Child safety gate

The app include a child safety gate (also sometimes called a parental gate, parental lock or parental control), designed to protect children against navigating out of the app and visiting websites with unsuitable content, etc.

The gate is enabled (ON) by default, so that whenever you tap a link in the app's built-in help, you are required to enter the answer to a calculation to continue, for example:

9 - 3 + 4 =

To disable the gate, turn this switch OFF. You will at that point be presented with one last calculation to perform, in order to confirm your intention. You can re-visit this setting and turn the switch back ON to re-enable the gate.

Note: The gate cannot prevent the child from leaving the app by pressing the device's home button and then opening another app.

  • Other Options - Editing

Turn this OFF to prevent accidental changes to the words, especially if you have added your own words and have left your child to play on their own. It then disables adding, deleting and reordering words in the Word List, removes the Sharing and Reset options from the main menu in the Word List view, and prevents profiles from being edited.

  • Other Options - Tap arrow to move on 

By default is ON. When it’s time to move on to the next step within an activity, a blue arrow normally appears, and you need to tap it to proceed. Turn OFF to instead move on automatically without showing the arrow.

  • Other Options - Capital letters

If you turn this ON, the text on the cards and in the Word List view will be displayed in CAPITAL LETTERS.

  • Other Options - Font

You can change the font used to display the text on the cards in the activities and in the Word List view. By default, the Special Letters font included with Special Words is used. The app also includes two OpenDyslexic fonts, designed to increase readability for users with dyslexia, and you can select these here, as well as the standard Android Sans Serif and Serif fonts.

  • Other Options - Background

Changing the background from white to black, and the text colour from black to white or yellow may be helpful for some children with visual impairment.

  • Language

The default profile comes with 96 words in English (American and British), you can select which is your preferred one to override the device default. See Managing Profiles.

  • Reset

    There is a Reset button in the menu of the main view. You can use this to reset all settings to their default values. In other words, this restores the app to its state when first installed, undoing any configuration changes you have made. As a precaution to prevent accidental reset, you will be prompted to enter the word reset to confirm you wish to do this.

Settings that apply to individual activities

You can access these by selecting the name of the activity in the settings from the main view. Alternatively, there is a menu button in each activity that can be used to quickly access its individual settings. See the summary of activities in the next chapter for details.

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