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

Use these captivating Buddy Bear books in your circle time or for individual work.  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
  • Learn new vocabulary through associations
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The stories are perfect for 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 durable book targets one specific theme and nine associations.

  • Buddy Bear Helps Mama Bear
    Buddy Bear mops the floor.
    What goes with a mop?
    A bucket goes with a mop.
    Additional associations: bed/pillow, chair/table, broom/dustpan, shelf/books, toy/toy box, trash/garbage can, robe/slippers, thank you/you're welcome

  • Buddy Bear Has Fun
    Buddy Bear paints a picture.
    What goes with paints?
    A brush goes with paints.
    Additional associations: crayons/coloring book, shovel/pail, boat/life jacket, bat/baseball, computer/mouse, piggy bank/money, game/dice, movie/popcorn

  • Buddy Bear Likes Animals
    Buddy Bear likes the bird.
    What goes with a bird?
    A nest goes with a bird.
    Additional associations: hamster/cage, frog/lily pad, spider/web, dog/bone, mouse/cheese, fish/fish bowl, rabbit/carrot, bees/honey

  • Buddy Bear Gets Ready for School
    Buddy Bear combs his hair.
    What goes with a comb?
    A hairbrush goes with a comb.
    Additional associations: soap/washcloth, toothbrush/toothpaste, toilet/toilet paper, pants/shirt, socks/shoes, pancakes/syrup, coat/hat, books/book bag

  • Buddy Bear Goes on a Picnic
    Buddy Bear has a fork.
    What goes with a fork?
    A spoon goes with a fork.
    Additional associations: picnic basket/blanket, salt/pepper, peanut butter/jelly, hot dog/ketchup, bread/butter, crackers/soup, cookies/milk, fun/friends

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

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


Beth W. Respess


Beth W. Respess has been a school-based speech-language pathologist for over 25 years.  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 these books for that purpose.  Autism & PDD Associations is Beth's sixth publication with LinguiSystems.  She is also the author of Autism & PDD Basic Questions, Autism & PDD Basic Questions Software, Autism & PDD Yes/No Questions, Autism & PDD Categories, and Autism & PDD Comparatives/Superlatives.


Suggestions for using Autism & PDD Associations

  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 a part of your lesson.
  3. Read each page.  Let the student find the correct vinyl cling shape and place it on the page.
  4. After all the vinyl cling shapes are in place, re-read the book.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.