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Special Words User Guide - Downloadable Resources

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Downloading Resources

There are a number of differences downloading resources in the web-based editions or native editions of the app. We have detailed the differences below. 

Special Words Plus

Special Words Plus features 550+ word lists from Special iApps, Symbols from The Makaton Charity (depending on the Makaton Membership level), and 70+ Numicon resources to download, with more added monthly.

To download the resources tap Import Word List then Download. You will then be presented with 3 options: Special iApps, Makaton and Numicon. The following instructions are about downloading resources from Special iApps, but you can follow the same steps for Makaton and Numicon resources.

Tap Special iApps and you will then be presented with a list of Collections to choose from, you may have to scroll to see them all. Each collection contains a number of word lists to download. Simply select the collection and then tap the word list you would like. You will then be given more information about the word list and how many words it contains. Tap Download and choose Add new profile when prompted.

Once downloaded you can re-record audio, change text and replace images with your own photos to suit your child's learning needs.

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Please Note

Some resources downloadable using web editions have copyright restrictions, and may not be used in native editions, or redistributed in electronic or paper form without the permission of the copyright owners. These include resources licensed by Special iApps from third parties, including Oxford University Press (in the case of Numicon resources) and The Makaton Charity (for Makaton symbols). If in any doubt as to your legal obligations, please contact Special iApps or the copyright owner.

Native Editions

The native editions of Special Words features a sample of only 15 downloadable resources from Special iApps. To access the full collection of add-ons, including those for Makaton and Numicon, join the Special iApps Membership

Downloading from Special iApps

In the Native Editions, selecting Download from Special iApps will present you with a list of collections in our free online library at Special iApps, from which you can download various word lists.

The first time you do this on a particular device, you will be prompted to register or activate. You need to register once, and then use the product key you will receive by email to activate the app on each device where you'd like to use this feature. Answers to common questions about product registration can be found in our FAQ.

The screenshots below show the lists in the Annual Events collection in the native editions of Special Words (you can find this in the Celebrations collection Early Years category in Special Words Plus). Simply select the list you would like, and once downloaded choose Add new profile when prompted.

Special Words - download resources on Android     Special Words - download resources on iOS

Please Note

Some lists contain text, images and audio. Others only include text and images, or just images: the intention in these cases is that you add your own written words and/or voice to suit your needs. You can also use the app's text-to-speech facility in cases where there is text but no audio. 

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