Award-winning app turning screen time into an active learning experience by creating engaging social stories. A perfect tool for visual storytelling designed to break learning down into small steps.
Transforming lives in 100+ countries, Special Stories supports children’s communication and language skills, as well as making progress with their education and personal development.
Areas of Development
• Improve sight-reading skills
• Promote language acquisition
• Improve listening and spoken language
• Develop writing skills
• Encourage word, pictures and sound recognition
• Help with social skills
Endless Possibilities with Special Stories
• Explain step-by-step tasks
• Create social stories and visual schedules
• Share information between home and school, with distant family and friends
• Teach academic and social skills
• Make photo albums about vacations and special events
Personalized to Suit Abilities
• Use your own photographs to create unique books to keep and share
• Add your own text to progress from single words to short phrases and longer sentences
• Include personalized audio to bring stories to life
• Tap or automatically advance stories to the next page
• Use at home, school and in speech therapy sessions
Share Your Stories
• Copy content to and from the app on another phone or tablet
• Exchange stories using AirDrop, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Dropbox, Google Drive or email
• Open in Apple Books, print stories directly or send as PDF
• Transfer content to and from our Special Words and Special Sentences apps to extend the learning process
Accessible For All
• Support for switch control using Bluetooth and USB switches for those unable to use a touch screen
• Choice of fonts, including OpenDyslexic and our own Special Letters with easy to read characters, plus a large text option
• Support for Smart Invert Colors which can be helpful for those with visual impairment
Reviews from Parents and Professionals
“I spend so much time making and laminating personal books, stories and flash cards for my son, but at last, an app that does it all in the blink of an eye! So easy to use and quick to make really motivating stories.”
Helen Taylor, Teacher
“Special Stories is a simple app with an endless amount of scope for children with communication difficulties and disabilities.”
Fundamentally Children, Good App Guide Recommended
“Ava takes photos of her day and creates a story which we look at when she gets home. That way it feels like we are sharing the experience together. It’s a wonderful way to explore the world and encourage SEN children to open up about the way they are interact with the environment around them.”
Denise Wilson-Bainbridge, Parent and Special Educational Needs Coordinator
Speak Your Language
• User interface provided in 18 languages: Albanian, Catalan, Croatian, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian
• Create a story in any language, a great way to support multilingual children, as well as to teach English as an additional language
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 in 100+ countries and 27+ languages.
• Bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
This is one of my go-to apps as a speech-language pathologist. A parent recommended it to me. I use it for everything from articulation practice to picture books. I must make 2-3 special stories a week-especially during this pandemic and using telehealth. This is the one item I have that takes me very little time to create and send to a family for carryover and perfect practice. I have access to all of the stories I’ve ever made (years now) so can re-assign. It lets you email as a special story, a .pdf, an iBook. I save my pdf’s to google drive and other programs on my iPad. Most families print out the stories or I send home. It’s a must-have.
Top App To Use With All Children!!!
Dear Special iApps,
Your application special stories is one of the best applications on the whole market today.
When using special stories, I created a basic story about my classroom. It was mind blowing the many uses this program can have. Working as a teacher of students with disabilities, encorporating social stories is key to the learning process. I utilize social stories for teaching positive behaviors and unlearning negative behaviors. Your program special stories will now give my social stories more life with an even greater personalized meaning to my students. Thank you for everything. For becoming a non-profit organization and producing this amazing application. Thank you so much!!!
I was able to create a story in about 10 minutes for my DS son. That alone was well worth the price of the app! I'm sure we'll get lots more use from this.
Data Not Collected
The developer does not collect any data from this app.
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- Special iApps C.I.C.
- 20.9 MB
- Requires iOS 8.2 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 8.2 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 8.2 or later.
English, Albanian, Catalan, Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian
- Age Rating
- 4+, Made for Ages 0–5
- © 2011-2021 Special iApps C.I.C.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.