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Special Stories User Guide - Introduction

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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 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.

Special Stories - main view iOS     Special Stories - main view Android

You can use Special Stories in many ways, including:

  • Improving reading skills
  • Encouraging development of spoken language skills
  • Creating talking books
  • Helping with social skills
  • Explaining step-by-step tasks
  • Practising foreign language skills
  • Making photo albums about holidays, trips, and other events
  • Sharing information between home and school
  • Sharing news with distant family and friends

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.

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-ios-cake.png     Special Stories - There are find in the pond. (Android)

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.

The user interface and Quick Start Guide are provided in English, Albanian, Catalan, Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian, but the app can be used to create stories in any language.

Special Stores is available in a number of editions:

  • Special Stories
    A native app for iPad & iPhone or for Android & Chromebook, this is the most basic edition.
  • Special Stories Plus
    A web-based edition that can be used on iPad, iPhone, Android, Chromebook, Windows, Mac and Linux, with all the features of Special Stories, a free 14-day trial and even more resources.

The native edition (Special Stories) is available as paid apps from the App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore. The web-based edition (Special Stories Plus) is available on a paid subscription basis directly from Special iApps, and we recommend purchasing this edition because subscription is not limited to specific hardware platforms. To use a web-based edition, you will first need to install it as detailed in Chapter 10.