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Autism & PDD Basic Questions Interactive Software
Ages: 3-7   Grades: PreK-2

Delightful Buddy Bear engages children in learning and helps them understand basic wh- question forms.  The heartwarming stories develop joint attention, reciprocity, and early language and literacy skills.

Outcomes

  • Understand and answer wh- questions
  • Develop joint attention and social reciprocity
  • Develop language comprehension and literacy
  • Engage in spontaneous communication
Software
#36001
$35.95
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This program motivates little learners with:

  • captivating animation and sound effects on every screen
  • uncluttered illustrations
  • reassuring narration
  • predictable syntax

There are five stories in the program.  In four of the stories, children click on one of three picture choices to answer the questions.  In the fifth story, children click and drag to respond to where questions.  The stories are:

  • Why, Buddy Bear
  • Where, Buddy Bear
  • What, Buddy Bear
  • Who, Buddy Bear
  • When, Buddy Bear

Other program features: 

Copyright © 2005

Components
CD-ROM, instructions

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.  The software is so simple to use—insert CD and play.  The sound and visuals used on the software are pleasant to the ear and the visual movement maintains the child's attention without overload.

Darlene Rizzotti, Parent
Danvers, MA

  • Therapy aimed at fostering the development of age-appropriate communication skills and age/ability-appropriate language comprehension and language use will improve the child's level of functioning (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
  • Many children with autism spectrum disorders learn more readily through the visual modality (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
  • Computer-assisted instruction (CAI) has a positive effect on the learning process of young children who learn better with pictures and sounds (Vernadakis et al., 2005).
  • Computers are successful teaching instruments for children with autism.  Multisensory interactions; controlled and structured environments; multilevel interactive functions; and independent, individualized use assist learning and generalization to other settings (Hetzroni & Tannous, 2004).

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

References

Hetzroni, O.E., & Tannous, J. (2004). Effects of a computer-based intervention program on the communicative functions of children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 34(2), 95-113.

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

Vernadakis, N., Avgerinos, A., Tsitskari, E., & Zachopoulou, E. (2005, October). The use of computer assisted instruction in preschool education: Making teaching meaningful. Early Childhood Education Journal, 33(2), 99-104.

Author(s)

Beth W. Respess

Biography

Beth W. Respess is a retired 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 worked with students of all ages with various speech disorders, but she especially enjoyed the challenge of working with younger children who had PDD and autism.  Autism & PDD Basic Questions Interactive Software is Beth's second publication with LinguiSystems.

Introduction

This software is based on the five Autism & PDD Basic Questions books.  Autism & PDD Basic Questions Interactive Software allows students with limited language skills to work independently on answering simple wh- questions.  The animation and sound effects hold their interest while the simple, stimulus-response structure encourages self-monitoring.  The spoken word along with the text helps develop reading skills.  Choosing the correct response among those given reinforces the skill of responding to multiple-choice questions.  You can introduce the software individually or in small groups.  Autism & PDD Basic Questions Interactive Software is appropriate for students who are able to use the computer, up to about age seven, depending on the interest level and ability of the child.

 

Minimum System Requirements

Windows

  • WinXP or later
  • 128MB
  • 800 x 600 Screen Resolution

Mac

  • OSX 10.6 or later  
  • 64MB
  • 800 x 600 Screen Resolution
  • Intel Processor
Program may be operated directly from the CD-ROM.
Compatible with SMART Board that emulates a mouse.