What's New

• Choice of 3 voices for British English (child, woman, man)
• Transfer content to and from our new Special Spelling app
• Fix for critical bug in 4.3.0 which caused audio to be silent in British English
• Other bug fixes

App Description

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 stories using AirDrop, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cloud or email
• Transfer content to and from our Special Stories, Special Spelling and Special Sentences apps


Accessible For All
• Support for switch users
• Variety 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


Extra Features with Special Words Pro
For teachers and speech & language professionals we recommend the professional edition of this app, Special Words Pro. It includes:
• Printable PDF assessment sheets
• Printable cards to use in paper-based activities
• Free access to curriculum-related content
• Dual control using external keyboard


Reviews from Parents and Professionals
“Special Words is a clever and intuitive app. The developers have clearly drawn upon what works for young learners with special needs.”
Educational App Store, 5 Star Teacher Rating

“One of our pupils does not read or write so checking and questioning understanding is very difficult. He responded very quickly and positively to the app. Without it we would have no idea exactly what he is capable of achieving.”
Emma Watts, Teaching Assistant

“This is without a doubt the best app I have some across for children with special needs. My son signs for more as soon as he completes one set of words!”
Helen, Parent and Teacher


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 organizations 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 preschool education. They initially created apps to teach their youngest son William, who has Down syndrome and autism, now they support children internationally.

iPhone Screenshots

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iPad Screenshots

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App Changes

  • January 11, 2013 Initial release
  • March 02, 2013 New version 1.5.1
  • March 23, 2013 New version 1.6.0
  • May 05, 2013 Price increase: $13.99 -> $19.99
  • May 06, 2013 New version 1.6.1
  • June 28, 2013 New version 1.6.2
  • August 12, 2013 New version 1.6.3
  • September 17, 2013 New version 2.0.0
  • October 09, 2013 New version 2.0.1
  • October 22, 2013 New version 2.0.2
  • January 21, 2014 Price decrease: $19.99 -> $13.99
  • April 23, 2014 New version 2.0.3
  • May 21, 2014 New version 2.1.0
  • September 21, 2014 New version 2.2.0
  • November 08, 2014 New version 2.3.0
  • February 17, 2015 Price decrease: $13.99 -> $12.99
  • June 22, 2015 New version 2.4.0
  • October 23, 2015 New version 2.5.0
  • November 18, 2015 New version 2.5.1
  • July 11, 2016 New version 3.0.2
  • November 09, 2016 New version 3.1.2
  • November 30, 2016 New version 3.1.3
  • December 03, 2016 New version 3.1.4
  • June 14, 2019 New version 4.1.5
  • August 17, 2019 New version 4.2.0
  • August 17, 2019 Price increase: $12.99 -> $19.99
  • December 24, 2019 New version 4.3.0
  • December 31, 2019 New version 4.3.1

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