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Special Spelling

[Platform: iOS] Special Spelling helps learners of all abilities gain confidence with spelling. Created with an emphasis on supporting children with special educational needs, Special Spelling is accessible, simple and distraction-free.

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Help children to become confident at spelling with a range of activities to teach spelling patterns, letter sounds, understanding vowels and much more. Turn screen time into a fun learning experience with Special Spelling, an app that is adaptable to all abilities and individual learning needs. 

Practice spelling at home or at school with this invaluable app for visual learners. It allows you to create your own fully personalized spelling lists that can be tailored to the curriculum to help children achieve their educational milestones.

Areas of development 
• Improve spelling and develop vocabulary 
• Teach spelling patterns, vowels and letter sounds
• Encourage listening skills and sound production
• Improve speaking skills
• Increase sight-word reading
• Develop hand-eye coordination 
• Improve fine motor skills

Personalize to Suit Abilities 
• Add your own text, photos and audio to bring learning to life
• Replace words and re-record audio to use the app any language
• Create multiple spelling lists tailored to children’s learning needs and curriculum work
• Adjustable settings to suit abilities and concentration levels
• Option to use spoken letter names or letter sounds
• Choice of native spoken voices: female (US), male, female and child (UK)
• Optional text and/or image hints 

Share Your Spelling Lists
• Copy content to and from the app on another device
• Exchange spelling lists using AirDrop, Wi-Fi, cloud storage or email 
• Transfer content to and from our Special Words app to reinforce learning 

Accessible for All
• Support for those with poor fine-motor skills – even if tap more than once or unable to precisely position objects
• Choice of fonts in upper or lowercase letters – particularly for those with visual impairment or dyslexia
• Perfect to use at home, school, in speech or occupational therapy sessions, and for home schooling 

Reviews from Parents and Professionals
“My daughter is very new to spelling, having taken a whole word reading approach so far rather than phonics and having a significant visual impairment – we have noticed that she only looks at the first letters of words. Special Spelling is worth its weight in gold as we try to introduce her to the world of spelling and looking beyond the first letters.” 
Andrea, Parent and Speech & Language Therapist

“At first I thought it would be beyond my daughter as she only recognizes a few letters but her ability to match the letters after I’d customized the levels in the settings has made this one of her favourite apps to date.” 
Suzie, Parent

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, speech and language therapist, and teachers of children with special educational needs as well as typically developing children

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.

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Special Sentences

[Platform: iOS] Special Sentences helps learners of all abilities learn sentence structure. Created with an emphasis on supporting children with special educational needs, Special Sentences is accessible, simple and distraction-free.

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Support emerging readers by encouraging sentence building and confidence in reading with Special Sentences, an educational tool adaptable to all abilities that allows you to build sentences with whole words.

Create your own sentences tailored to children’s learning needs and adapt curriculum work to suit abilities. Support children to practice their comprehension skills without becoming intimidated by a full page of text. 

Areas of development 
• Develop understanding of sentence structure
• Teach grammar and punctuation 
• Improve sight-word recognition 
• Support children to read fluently 
• Help children to transition from reading words to reading sentences 
• Encourage listening and spoken language

Personalize to Suit Abilities 
• Use your own photographs to provide additional support and personalize learning
• Create sentences with your own text and audio to bring learning to life
• Adapt curriculum work to support all learning needs
• Adjustable settings to suit abilities and concentration levels
• Use at home, school and in speech therapy sessions to support continued learning
• Create sentences in any language your child uses or support children with English as a Second Language 

Share Your Sentences
• Copy content to and from the app on another device
• Exchange topics and sentences using AirDrop, Wi-Fi, cloud storage or email 
• Transfer content to and from our Special Stories app to reinforce learning 
• Import lists of words from our Special Words app to reuse existing recordings

Accessible for All
• Support for those with poor fine motor skills as the app works even if a child accidentally taps more than once or can’t precisely position objects
• Choice of fonts and the use of capital letters to support those with visual impairments and dyslexia
• Perfect to use at home, school, in speech or occupational therapy sessions, and for home schooling to follow the curriculum and enhance learning

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, speech and language therapist, and teachers of children with special educational needs as well as typically developing children

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.

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Finger Paint with Sounds

[Platform: iOS] Be creative, draw a picture, tell a story and collaborate with this free app from Duck Duck Moose (now part of Khan Academy).

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About Finger Paint with Sounds

Explore touch with colour, sounds or music. An opportunity to finger paint without the mess! Finger Paint with Sounds offers a fun alternative to help children with special needs and others to practice their first interactions with a touch screen. Simply choose a colour and draw with music, fun sound effects or no sound at all.

Finger Paint with Sounds offers multi-touch and single-touch options. We suggest that single finger touch is better for some users with special needs as it reinforces finger pointing skills with a purpose rather than encouraging a random whole finger approach (may be difficult to un-learn). Using multi-touch gives a more obvious “cause and effect” activity for some.

Try turning off the sound and music to see if the child needs auditory feedback or if they can see and enjoy the visual feedback alone. 

• Choose single-touch to encourage finger pointing skills.

• Choose multi-touch for maximum cause and effect.

• Bright feedback for children with visual impairments.

• Save your best work to “Photos”.

• Choice of musical or sound-FX auditory feedback or none.

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Hopster Saturday Club

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Cartoon characters help kids identify a range of emotions. Although targeted towards preschool aged children, it may benefit older kids with difficulty identifying emotions. More about this app

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About Hopster Saturday Club for Kid

Understanding emotions can be a difficult concept for young kids to fully grasp, whether it’s their own feelings or the emotional state of others.

‘Hopster Saturday Club: Empathy’ is a fantastic game designed to develop kid’s fundamental social and emotional literacy skills. As they play the mini-games they will begin to recognize and understand different emotions and learn lots of new ‘feelings words’ to describe how they and the characters are feeling.

Developed with the support of EmpathyLab, a UK not-for-profit organization that inspires children to understand empathy and put it into action, the game builds on primary school activities designed to build real-life empathy skills.

Your child will learn to:

  • Recognize facial expressions
  • Use emotional vocabulary
  • Match feelings and expressions
  • Understand their own emotions
  • Feel and show empathy for others

Game features:

  • Match emotions to character expressions
  • Create your own expressions with Saturday Club characters
  • Keep track of feelings with the emotions calendar

With this game and Hopster’s Saturday Club show, we want to help promote overall emotional literacy in kids, so they can express how they feel and recognize feelings in others more readily.

‘Saturday Club’ is Hopster’s animated show that explores emotions & empathy for preschoolers. The cartoon follows the adventures of 4 friends – Tian, Jo, Suzie, Jamie – as they act out situations and put themselves in others’ shoes to better understand how others feel.

The importance of preschool kids learning empathy:

  • Children with a strong sense of empathy are more likely to be resilient, patient, and tolerant of difference
  • Make better decisions and are more likely to reject negative peer pressure and bullying
  • They develop strong social bonds with others
  • Linked to achieving success in school and beyond

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Hamaguchi Apps

Hamaguchi Apps creates colorful and interactive mobile apps that support and strengthen speech, language and listening development. We make learning language FUN!. To learn more, visit their WEBSITE. Hamaguchi Apps is has donated approximately $1900 in apps for the Tech4Good: Home School Project.