Special iApps C.I.C.

At Special iApps, we develop educational apps for children with special educational needs including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, hearing impairment and other learning disabilities.

Our collection of apps offer a visual-based approach to help children from the first stages of learning about words, numbers, colours, shapes and emotions.The series of follow-up add ons allow children to develop their speech, pronunciation, word recognition and fine motor skills.

We cater to parent/carers, teachers, occupational health professionals and anyone who knows a young person who could benefit from extra educational help.

Our apps are based on Early Years content and the EYFS curriculum, but can be easily personalised and adjusted to suit any level of capability and age. The activities within each app encourage interaction and communication, and can be controlled by parents without interruption of the task at hand.

For more information for who we are, what we do and how we can help you, visit http://www.specialiapps.org/

My 1st Signs
My 1st Signs helps children to learn signs through activities that encourage sign and word recognition. It can easily be adapted and personalised to meet the needs of each child as their language, vocabulary and communication skills develop. It includes BSL sign graphics from the popular Let's Sign BSL Series by Cath Smith, along with matching pictures, written words, and optional use of spoken words.

Special Words
Teach your child to recognise early vocabulary written words, and encourage their speech development, on Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and on Android tablets and phones. Supplied with 96 pictures and matching written and spoken words in 20 languages, based on the See and Learn Language and Reading resources from Down Syndrome Education International. Personalise with your own words, pictures and audio, and transfer these to and from the Special Stories app. Find out more on our website's Special Words page.

Special Stories
Special Stories makes it easy to create your own stories, containing text, pictures and sound, on Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and on Android tablets and phones. You can read and listen to your stories, print them, and share them with friends and family.

Special Numbers
Special Numbers contains a set of activities to help develop early number skills, including counting, matching, ordering, comparing and selecting. Special iApps has designed the app in collaboration with parents, children, teachers and educational psychologists, and with reference to research into how children acquire mathematics skills.

Match & Find
Match & Find is an app for the Apple iPad, designed to help develop young children’s memory, matching, searching and sequencing skills. Working memory is very important for the development of language and numeracy, and the carefully designed activities in this app can help children train and improve their auditory and visual working memory.

Touch Apps
Touch-Words, Touch-Numbers, Touch-Colours, Touch-Shapes, Touch-Animals, Touch-Emotions. This collection of six apps offers a visual-based approach to help children who are at the first stage of learning about words, numbers, colours, shapes and emotions. Find out more on the Touch Apps page of our website.

Our website is available 24/7 emails are replied to within 48 hours. Our apps are always available to download from the App Store, Google Play and our website.

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Who to contact

Contact name
Beverley Dean
Contact position
Founder and CEO

Where to go

Not applicable. There is no venue.

Other details

Cost description
Our apps range from free to download up to £20.
Referral required?
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Please visit the website: https://www.specialiapps.org, for up to date information on the apps and how to buy them.

Please note: Grants are available for tablet devices.  For more information get in touch with the North East Office of Contact A Family, who have up to date lists of grant awarding bodies and eligibility criteria: http://www.cafamily.org.uk/northeast



Durham County Council's Families Information Service does not promote nor endorse the services advertised on this website. Anyone seeking to use/access such services does so at their own risk and may make all appropriate enquiries about fitness for purpose and suitability to meet their needs.
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