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.
- Understand and answer wh- questions
- Develop joint attention and social reciprocity
- Develop language comprehension and literacy
- Engage in spontaneous communication
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:
- randomization feature
- audio narration can be turned on/off
- animation and text replay
- content parallels the Autism & PDD Basic Questions 5-Book Set
Copyright © 2005
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
- 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.
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.
- WinXP or later
- 800 x 600 Screen Resolution
- OSX 10.6 or later
- 800 x 600 Screen Resolution
- Intel Processor