Over time there have been 2 different editions of Special Stories:
To use the web-based edition, you will first need to install it as detailed in Chapter 2.
This user guide is for Special Stories Plus, not the previous edition. For the sake of brevity, in some places we refer to Special Stories Plus as just Special Stories.
Special Stories allows you to create your own stories with personalised text, pictures and sound. You can read and listen to your stories, print them to use in paper-based activities and share them with friends and family.
Special Stories has a simple and uncluttered interface for reading and listening to stories, making it suitable for use by children and adults with ASD, Down syndrome, poor fine motor skills, hearing impairment and other learning difficulties. On iOS devices, for those who are unable to use a touch screen, but who can operate switches, the app can be used with 1 or 2 Bluetooth-connected adaptive switches.
Special Stories can be used to complement our Special Words and Special Sentences apps. You can transfer pictures, sounds and text directly between Special Stories and these other two apps.
You can create as many stories as you wish, and update them again later. Each story can have any number of pages, and each page can have a photo (or any other image), up to 60 seconds of sound you record, and several lines of text. A choice of large and small text sizes, in an easy to read font, allows for either single words and short phrases or longer sentences.
The easy to use facilities for creating and updating stories are summarised in the included Quick Start Guide, and explained in more detail in this User Guide.
You can use Special Stories in many ways to support children's learning an development. There are no limits to what you can create, and some common ways to use the app are:
The user interface and Quick Start Guide are provided in 18 languages: English, Albanian, Catalan, Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. If you language is not listed, you can still use the app to create stories in any language.