With Special Stories you can easily create your own stories, visual schedules and wonderful memories, with your own text, images and sound.

An invaluable app for visual learners, to promote language acquisition, word, picture and sound recognition, speech and sight-reading. Used worldwide to create social stories.

What parents and professionals say:

“I utilise social stories for teaching positive behaviours and unlearning negative behaviours. Special Stories will now give my social stories more life with an even greater personalised meaning to my students” – Frances, Teacher.

“My three year old daughter has Down syndrome and I have been struggling to make her picture. This app is amazing: I made a ten page ‘all about me’ story in under ten minutes and she loves it. I highly recommend this easy to use app. It is brilliant!” – Debbie, Parent.

Ideal for use at home, preschool, school and in therapy sessions such as SALT and occupational therapy.

Children and young adults with additional needs often need visual instructions and guidance with social skills. Special Stories allows you to lessen the stress by using familiar images and your own words and voice to ensure they are prepared for social situations.

Special Stories is widely used for:

• Making photo albums about holidays, trips, and other events
• Improving reading skills
• Encouraging development of spoken language skills
• Creating talking books
• Helping with social skills
• Explaining step-by-step tasks
• Practising foreign language skills
• Sharing information between home and school
• Sharing news with distant family and friends
• Organising stories into collections to create a personal library

The possibilities are endless. You can easily add photos of places, people, objects or even your child’s artwork, to create unique and wonderful books to keep and share.

This app has an extensive range of sharing options:

• Copy content to and from the Special Stories app on another phone or tablet
• Exchange stories using AirDrop, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, email, Dropbox or Google Drive
• Open in iBooks (with sound), print stories directly or send as PDF
• Transfer content to and from our Special Words app, to extend the learning process

The app includes a quick start guide in 17 languages, including English, Spanish, Dutch and German, but the app can be used to create stories in any language.

Special iApps is a multi-award-winning nonprofit social enterprise that specialises in creating apps for those with learning disabilities and additional needs.

What's New

Version 3.0.0

• New feature: Import Story - Download from Special iApps
• Compatible with iOS 12, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
• Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

Spencer Mum

Brilliant app, so easy to use.

This is a brilliant app, so easy to use and my son loves it. You can print the stories or go through them on your phone when out and about. Really invaluable.


Excellent tool for kids with learning difficulties!

My 4 year old son has down syndrome and his speech and language therapist recommended that we make storybooks for him. It takes along time printing and connecting the camera to the laptop etc. However using this app is excellent because it's so interactive & immediate. You can create pages of a story in seconds. Also as well as the text and picture you have also got the spoken word. I showed this app to his teacher before Easter break and she was like when is he bringing his iPad into school because they couldn't wait to use it with him. I can't wait to see stories about his day at school so that we talk about them together when he gets home. I have also purchased the other app made by the same people call Special words which I also can't recommend enough. I bought an iPad specifically to buy & use these apps and it was worth every single penny. Even after a few days of using these apps Ive noticed an improvement in his speech. I have a picture of his brother and sister in a book called my family. Hes already starting to use words like big brother and little sister rather than just their names. I can't wait to see what other apps they come up with!

Mum of 9 yr old with DS

Special stories is just brilliant

This is a fantastic app. I can't believe how easy it is to create completely individualised stories for my son. Like many parents I have spent countless hours in the past taking and printing photos, typing text, cutting and sticking into scrap books etc and now I can make a story in minutes. It's brilliant.! We went to the museum recently, I took the iPad and took photos . I had made our dinosaur story before we had even left the museum! We could talk about it using our story when we got home. I can use vocab which my son can read so he can record his own story. I can use vocab which he is working on at school or in speech therapy. I send his ipad to school. His TA records activities she does with him as a story then when he gets home we can read the story together and talk about his day. I can't recommend this app highly enough for a child with special needs for developing reading and language and for making the creation of individualised resources so quick and easy.


Special iApps C.I.C.
22.1 MB
Requires iOS 8.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, Catalan, Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2011-2018 Special iApps C.I.C.


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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