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Achieve educational milestones with our award-winning app designed for speech and language development. An invaluable app for visual learners that is adaptable to children’s individual needs and abilities.

Children, parents, teachers and professionals in 100+ countries and 27+ languages are using Special Words to turn screen time into an active and engaging learning experience.


Areas of Development
• Enhance communication, language and literacy skills
• Increase sight-word vocabulary
• Encourage listening and speaking skills
• Develop hand-eye coordination
• Improve fine motor skills


Personalize to Suit Abilities
• Use your own text and photos to harness interests and personalize activities
• Include your voice or audio to bring the learning experience to life
• Create word lists tailored to children’s learning needs
• Adjustable animation speed to suit abilities and concentration levels
• Activities adaptable to any developmental stage and for adults with learning difficulties and memory impairment
• Can be fully customized to grow with a child as they develop


Share Your Words
• Copy content to and from the app on another device
• Exchange word lists using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Dropbox, Google Drive or email
• Transfer content to and from our Special Stories app to extend the learning process

Accessible For All
• Choice of fonts, plus a large text option to support those with visual impairments and dyslexia
• Use at home, school, in speech or occupational therapy sessions, and for home schooling to follow the curriculum and enhance learning
• Proven to be accessible and hold the attention of children with a variety of abilities and skill sets


Speak Your Language
• Special Words includes 96 pictures, spoken words and written text in 27 languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Dutch, English (American, British and Australian), Finnish, Flemish, French, German, Hindi, Icelandic, Italian, Luxembourgish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian and Welsh
• All languages use audio provided from native speakers
• Replace words and re-record audio in any other language your child uses


Why Our Apps Are Different
• Visually clear and simple, with no distracting backgrounds or noises
• Tested and recommended by Down syndrome and ASD experts and organisations around the world
• No in-app purchases, pop-up ads or user tracking
• Developed in collaboration with parents, professionals and teachers of children with special educational needs


Part of the Special iApps Family
Special iApps is a multi-award-winning non-profit social enterprise with a worldwide reputation for creating educational apps for those with learning disabilities and additional needs, as well as in early years education. They initially created apps to teach their youngest son William, who has Down syndrome and autism, now they support children internationally.

Discover more of our apps on Google Play or visit www.specialiapps.org.

Google Play Store Category:

Primary: Applications

Secondary: Education

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Total Ratings

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Screenshots

Special Words: Autism & Down Syndrome Education screenshot 1Special Words: Autism & Down Syndrome Education screenshot 2Special Words: Autism & Down Syndrome Education screenshot 3Special Words: Autism & Down Syndrome Education screenshot 4Special Words: Autism & Down Syndrome Education screenshot 5Special Words: Autism & Down Syndrome Education screenshot 6Special Words: Autism & Down Syndrome Education screenshot 7Special Words: Autism & Down Syndrome Education screenshot 8Special Words: Autism & Down Syndrome Education screenshot 9Special Words: Autism & Down Syndrome Education screenshot 10Special Words: Autism & Down Syndrome Education screenshot 11Special Words: Autism & Down Syndrome Education screenshot 12Special Words: Autism & Down Syndrome Education screenshot 13Special Words: Autism & Down Syndrome Education screenshot 14Special Words: Autism & Down Syndrome Education screenshot 15

Version History

Launched Apr 21, 2014 (over 5 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 3 months, on average.

Aug 13
2019
(Current)
Version 3.5.0

• Bug fixes

Apr 14
2019
Version 3.4.1

• Compatible with Samsung DeX
• Bug fixes

Apr 10
2019
Version 3.4.0

• Import Word List: Download from Special iApps
• New setting: Product registration
• Bug fixes

Mar 14
2019
Version 3.3.0

• Child safety gate (parental lock)
• New setting: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 or 8 cards per page
• New setting: large text
• Compatible with Android 9 (still supporting Android 4 to 8)
• Bug fixes

Jan 11
2019
Version 3.2.2

• Bug fixes
• Please note:
In order to support the option of sharing word lists between devices using Bluetooth, you may be prompted to allow the app access to your location, as this is necessary for receiving on some versions of Android. The app does not retain or share any information about your location.

Dec 28
2018
Version 3.2.1

• Bug fixes

Nov 21
2018
Version 3.2.0

• Bug fixes

Oct 11
2018
Version 3.1.5

New language: Icelandic

Jun 01
2018
Version 3.1.4

• Bug fixes

Jul 05
2017
Version 3.1.3

• New language: Afrikaans
• Bug fixes

Apr 20
2017
Version 3.1.2

• Bug fixes

Mar 11
2017
Version 3.1.1

• New language: Russian

Feb 05
2017
Version 3.1.0

• Export and import word list: use Wi-Fi
• Choose Android fonts
• Bug fixes

Nov 23
2016
Version 3.0.1

• New language: Romanian
• Bug fixes

Jun 29
2016
Version 3.0.0

• All-new set of pictures: clear, simple and engaging
• Extra listening activities: for speech therapy and audiology
• Match 1, 2, 3 or 4 cards per page: adapt to child's ability
• New language: Polish
• Choose between voices in German and in Norwegian: male and female

Apr 06
2016
Version 2.0.0

Aug 11
2015
Version 1.4.1

Finalist in Vodafone Foundation Mobile for Good Europe awards 2013. Special Words teaches children to recognize written words, and encourages their speech development, using pictures and sounds. Play alongside your child at a pace suited to their ability. A range of settings allows you to configure the app and adjust as your child develops.

• Suitable for use at home, preschool, school, and in therapy sessions
• 4 games matching pictures, words, words to pictures and pictures to words
• Includes 96 pictures and words with choice of lower or upper case letters
• Personalize by reordering, deleting and adding your own words, pictures and audio
• Settings options include shuffling cards, controlling use of audio, editing and rewards
• Synchronize to your other mobile devices and between home and school
• Transfer resources to and from our Special Stories app


BridgingApps said: “an excellent app for assisting young children in developing very beginning reading skills and preschool/school-age children in learning sight words”.


An interactive app that allows children to learn at their own pace, Special Words has 4 games with increasing difficulty, and has been designed in close consultation with parents, children and professionals. With a simple and intuitive interface, this app has been shown to be accessible and hold the attention of children with Down syndrome, autism, poor fine motor skills, hearing impairment and other learning difficulties, as well as being appealing to typically developing children.


Special Words comes with 96 written words children use in their early vocabulary. It includes matching pictures, written and spoken words, in 22 languages: English (American, British and Australian), Albanian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, Flemish, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Luxembourgish, Norwegian (Bokmål), Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian and Welsh. You can easily replace the words and re-record the audio in any other language your child uses. You can quickly add more words, pictures and sounds for family members, friends, and familiar objects, to increase your child’s interest, and further develop their reading vocabulary.


A 12-week trial in schools has demonstrated that Special Words can enhance communication, language and literacy skills, and has shown that it has a positive impact on the development of expressive language, receptive language, word recognition, reading and listening skills. To read the trial report or the Special Words User Guide, visit the Special iApps website, www.specialiapps.org.


This is an app for tablets and phones, and you can easily transfer personalized text, pictures and sounds between devices, using Bluetooth or e-mail.


The words and pictures provided with Special Words are the same as those in the See and Learn Language and Reading resources from Down Syndrome Education International, and this app can be used to complement the use of their paper-based See and Learn activities.


We answer every email, and are always happy to respond to questions and suggestions at support@specialiapps.org.

Jul 07
2015
Version 1.4.0

Finalist in Vodafone Foundation Mobile for Good Europe awards 2013. Special Words teaches children to recognize written words, and encourages their speech development, using pictures and sounds. Play alongside your child at a pace suited to their ability. A range of settings allows you to configure the app and adjust as your child develops.

• Suitable for use at home, preschool, school, and in therapy sessions
• 4 games matching pictures, words, words to pictures and pictures to words
• Includes 96 pictures and words with choice of lower or upper case letters
• Personalize by reordering, deleting and adding your own words, pictures and audio
• Settings options include shuffling cards, controlling use of audio, editing and rewards
• Synchronize to your other mobile devices and between home and school
• Transfer resources to and from our Special Stories app


BridgingApps said: “an excellent app for assisting young children in developing very beginning reading skills and preschool/school-age children in learning sight words”.


An interactive app that allows children to learn at their own pace, Special Words has 4 games with increasing difficulty, and has been designed in close consultation with parents, children and professionals. With a simple and intuitive interface, this app has been shown to be accessible and hold the attention of children with Down syndrome, autism, poor fine motor skills, hearing impairment and other learning difficulties, as well as being appealing to typically developing children.


Special Words comes with 96 written words children use in their early vocabulary. It includes matching pictures, written and spoken words, in 22 languages: English (American, British and Australian), Albanian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, Flemish, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Luxembourgish, Norwegian (Bokmål), Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian and Welsh. You can easily replace the words and re-record the audio in any other language your child uses. You can quickly add more words, pictures and sounds for family members, friends, and familiar objects, to increase your child’s interest, and further develop their reading vocabulary.


A 12-week trial in schools has demonstrated that Special Words can enhance communication, language and literacy skills, and has shown that it has a positive impact on the development of expressive language, receptive language, word recognition, reading and listening skills. To read the trial report or the Special Words User Guide, visit the Special iApps website, www.specialiapps.org.


This is an app for tablets and phones, and you can easily transfer personalized text, pictures and sounds between devices, using Bluetooth or e-mail.


The words and pictures provided with Special Words are the same as those in the See and Learn Language and Reading resources from Down Syndrome Education International, and this app can be used to complement the use of their paper-based See and Learn activities.


We answer every email, and are always happy to respond to questions and suggestions at support@specialiapps.org.

Nov 06
2014
Version 1.3.0

Finalist in Vodafone Foundation Mobile for Good Europe awards 2013. Special Words teaches children to recognize written words, and encourages their speech development, using pictures and sounds. Play alongside your child at a pace suited to their ability. A range of settings allows you to configure the app and adjust as your child develops.

• Suitable for use at home, preschool, school, and in therapy sessions
• 4 games matching pictures, words, words to pictures and pictures to words
• Includes 96 pictures and words with choice of lower or upper case letters
• Personalize by reordering, deleting and adding your own words, pictures and audio
• Settings options include shuffling cards, controlling use of audio, editing and rewards
• Synchronize to your other mobile devices and between home and school
• Transfer resources to and from our Special Stories app


BridgingApps said: “an excellent app for assisting young children in developing very beginning reading skills and preschool/school-age children in learning sight words”.


An interactive app that allows children to learn at their own pace, Special Words has 4 games with increasing difficulty, and has been designed in close consultation with parents, children and professionals. With a simple and intuitive interface, this app has been shown to be accessible and hold the attention of children with Down syndrome, autism, poor fine motor skills, hearing impairment and other learning difficulties, as well as being appealing to typically developing children.


Special Words comes with 96 written words children use in their early vocabulary. It includes matching pictures, written and spoken words, in 22 languages: English (American, British and Australian), Albanian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, Flemish, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Luxembourgish, Norwegian (Bokmål), Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian and Welsh. You can easily replace the words and re-record the audio in any other language your child uses. You can quickly add more words, pictures and sounds for family members, friends, and familiar objects, to increase your child’s interest, and further develop their reading vocabulary.


A 12-week trial in schools has demonstrated that Special Words can enhance communication, language and literacy skills, and has shown that it has a positive impact on the development of expressive language, receptive language, word recognition, reading and listening skills. To read the trial report or the Special Words User Guide, visit the Special iApps website, www.specialiapps.org.


This is an app for tablets and phones, and you can easily transfer personalized text, pictures and sounds between devices, using Bluetooth or e-mail.


The words and pictures provided with Special Words are the same as those in the See and Learn Language and Reading resources from Down Syndrome Education International, and this app can be used to complement the use of their paper-based See and Learn activities.


We answer every email, and are always happy to respond to questions and suggestions at support@specialiapps.org.

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