Special 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.
Slide to the left to slow down the pace of all activities, or to the right to speed them up.
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).
The app includes 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. It also controls access to the Sharing page (so guarding use of the data import and export facilities), and to the Settings page itself.
To open the gate, the adult is required to enter the answer to a calculation to continue, for example:
9 - 3 + 4 =
In this case, the answer would be 10. Note: The gate cannot prevent the child from leaving the app by pressing the device's home button and then opening another app.
In some situations, the presence of the gate may be inconvenient for adult use. The settings here can be used to turn the gate OFF completely (i.e. to leave it open). It is the responsibility of the adult to turn it back ON (i.e. to close it) when finished. This option is itself controlled by the gate, to prevent it being disabled by the child: on attempting to do so, the user is required to provide the answer to another calculation.
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.
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.
If you turn this ON, the text on the cards and in the Word List view will be displayed in CAPITAL LETTERS.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.