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Autism & PDD Comparatives/Superlatives 5-Book Set
Ages: 3-7   Grades: PreK-2         

Young learners interact with every page of these Buddy Bear books as they listen to simple sentence stories and place vinyl-cling stickers.  Each page compares/contrasts three items in the adorable Buddy Bear style.


  • Engage in spontaneous communication
  • Develop early comprehension and literacy skills
  • Develop joint attention and social reciprocity
  • Build vocabulary while comparing and contrasting items
  • Understand how the morphological endings "er" and "est" change the meaning of a word
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The stories are perfect for youngsters in early intervention including those with autism and developmental delays.  Use the books in your circle time or for individual work.  The age-appropriate 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 comparisons and contrasts.

  • What Buddy Bear Has
    Buddy Bear has three cats.
    His orange cat is small.
    His brown cat is smaller.
    His gray cat is the smallest.
    Additional comparative/superlative words: soft, fat, old, wide, warm, curly, long, loud

  • What Buddy Bear Sees
    Buddy sees three bear cubs.
    The first cub is young.
    The second cub is younger.
    The third cub is the youngest.
    Additional comparative/superlative words: light, plain, high, deep, few, some, easy, muddy

  • What Buddy Bear Does
    Buddy Bear hangs three pictures.
    The first picture is low.
    The second picture is lower.
    The third picture is the lowest.
    Additional comparative/superlative words: dark, bright, short, large, happy, scary, wet, good

  • What Buddy Bear Finds
    Buddy Bear finds three butterflies.
    The blue butterfly is pretty.
    The red butterfly is prettier.
    The purple butterfly is the prettiest. .
    Additional comparative/superlative words: narrow, fuzzy, near, sleepy, full, fluffy, thin, tall

  • What Buddy Bear Likes
    Buddy Bear likes to roll balls.
    The beach ball is far away.
    The soccer ball is farther away.
    The basketball is farthest away.
    Additional comparative/superlative words: furry, noisy, big, cheap, easy, thick, sweet, hungry

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    5 9-page books, 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


    As a speech-language pathologist in a clinical setting, I have found the Autism and PDD series to be an invaluable tool.  The books are easy for my clients to manipulate.  They are highly motivating and colorful, so they keep my clients' attention.  Thank you, LinguiSystems, for such a practical and flexible product!

    RaeJean Lepird, SLP
    Ankeny, IA


    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 Comparatives/Superlatives is Beth's fifth publication with LinguiSystems.  She is also the author of Autism & PDD Basic Questions, Autism & PDD Basic Questions Software, Autism & PDD Yes/No Questions, and Autism & PDD Categories.


    Suggestions for using Autism & PDD Comparatives/Superlatives

    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 she can "fill in the blank."  Eventually the child may be able to say the entire answer to the question on her own.