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Autism & PDD Basic Questions 5-Book Set
Ages: 3-7   Grades: PreK-2         

Use these captivating Buddy Bear books to teach basic wh- question asking and answering.  Learners interact with every page as they place vinyl-cling stickers and answer the questions.


  • Engage in spontaneous communication
  • Develop early comprehension and literacy skills
  • Develop joint attention and social reciprocity
  • Ask and answer wh- questions
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The stories are perfect for circle time or individual work with youngsters in early intervention, including those with autism and developmental delays.  Simple sentences with a repetitive story format build language and early literacy skills.  The adorable artwork is uncluttered.  The stickers are stored in the book and keep their cling with a wipe of a damp cloth.

Each of the five durable, wire-bound books targets one wh- question form.

  • What, Buddy Bear?
    What is Buddy Bear reading?
    He is reading a book.

  • Where, Buddy Bear?
    Where is Buddy Bear?
    He is on the boat.

  • Why, Buddy Bear?
    Why does Buddy Bear want an umbrella?
    Because it's raining.

  • When, Buddy Bear?
    When does Buddy Bear wear his baseball cap?
    He wears his baseball cap at game time.

  • Who, Buddy Bear?
    Who is having a birthday?
    Buddy Bear is having a birthday.

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5-Book Set: each book 9 pages, vinyl-cling stickers, suggested uses; vinyl folder

These books are great for my PDD-NOS daughter.  She is at a stage of trying to differentiate what, where, and when type of questions.  She asks to play Buddy Bear daily.  The vinyl pieces make this product very fun and interactive.  This is key for holding her attention and making her want to continue to play.  Great teaching tool.

Monica Chapman, Parent 
Moseslake, WA


The kids with Autism don't just like Buddy Bear, they love him!  They can't get enough.  I sometimes use Buddy Bear books as a "reward" for participating in open activities.  It is not unusual for the kids to want to read one Buddy Bear book after another.  There have been times when a child is having a difficult time or a bad day, but I can always count on Buddy Bear to get the child to participate.  They love Buddy Bear so much I usually have to make sure we save some of the books for "next time."  Buddy Bear makes the children laugh and request "more" like no other product I've seen.

Karen Kruse, SLP
Lake Zurich, IL


Our son is 6 and on the Autism Spectrum.  We cannot say enough good things about the Buddy Bear books and software products.  We started with the Yes/No books, then onto the software and have never been disappointed or frustrated.

Darlene Rizzotti, Parent
Danvers, MA

  • Therapy aimed at fostering the development of age/ability-appropriate language comprehension and language use will improve the child's level of functioning (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
  • Speech-language pathologists should enhance access to literacy and academic instruction for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASHA, 2006).
  • Many children with autism spectrum disorders learn more readily through the visual modality (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
  • Asking wh- questions is a common method of teaching.  Difficulty answering wh- questions affects a child academically, linguistically, and socially (Parnell, Amerman, & Hartin, 1986).

Autism & PDD Basic Questions incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.


American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). (2006). Guidelines for speech-language pathologists in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders in the life span. Retrieved July 22, 2010, from

Parnell, M.M., Amerman, J.D., & Hartin, R.D. (1986). Responses of language-disordered children to wh- questions. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 17, 95-106.

Taylor-Goh, S. (2005). Royal college of speech & language therapists: Clinical guidelines. United Kingdom: Speechmark.


Beth W. Respess


Beth W. Respess is in her twenty-fifth year as a school-based speech-language pathologist.  After four years as a classroom teacher, she graduated with a Master's Degree in Speech Communication from Auburn University.  She has worked with students of all ages with various speech disorders, but she especially enjoys the challenge of working with younger children who have PDD and autism.  Beth believes it is important that these students enjoy books and learn from them.  She has developed Autism & PDD Basic Questions for that purpose.  Autism & PDD Basic Questions is Beth's first publication with LinguiSystems.


Suggestions for using Autism & PDD Basic Questions

  1. Use the books with children who have autism, PDD, Down syndrome, or other developmental speech and language delays and for language development in preschool programs.
  2. Introduce the books over a period of time.  It is possible to spend several therapy sessions using one book as part of your lesson.
  3. Use the books in the following order: What, Where, Why, When, Who.
  4. Use the books to introduce wh- questions.  Then follow up with other activities.
  5. Read each page.  Let the student find the correct vinyl cling shape and place it on the page.  For the Where book, the child will put Buddy Bear in the right place.
  6. After all the vinyl cling shapes are in place, re-read the book.
  7. After the child has read the book several times, start pausing at the end of the answer sentence so he can "fill in the blank."  Eventually the child may be able to say the entire answer to the question on his own.
  8. While reading the book, point to each word of the question as you say it.  Help the child point to each word in the answer as you or the child says it.