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Autism & PDD Yes/No Questions 5-Book Set
Ages: 3-7   Grades: PreK-2         

Young learners love to answer yes/no questions as they put the correct vinyl sticker on every page of these books.  The simple sentences and repetitive format build language and early literacy skills.


  • Engage in spontaneous communication
  • Develop early comprehension and literacy skills
  • Develop joint attention and social reciprocity
  • Make simple judgments and answer yes/no questions
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Students listen as you read a simple sentence that describes the picture followed by a yes/no question and the answer.  The stories are perfect for circle time or individual work with youngsters in early intervention including those with autism and developmental delays.  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, wire-bound book is written around a theme and includes nine yes/no questions.

  • Buddy Bear at the Beach
    Buddy Bear brought something to dig with.
    Is it a shovel?
    Yes, it's a shovel.

  • Buddy Bear at the Grocery Store
    Buddy Bear is buying something to drink.
    Is it milk?
    No, it's not milk.
    It's juice.

  • Buddy bear at Home
    Buddy Bear wants something soft.
    Is it his pillow?
    Yes, it's his pillow.

  • Buddy Bear at the Park
    Buddy Bear sees something white.
    Is it snow?
    No, it's not snow.
    It's a cloud.

  • Buddy Bear at School
    Buddy Bear has something to draw on.
    Is it paper?
    Yes, it's paper.

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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


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

  • Questioning is the core of critical reflection.  It prompts students to engage in a research process that fosters higher-order thinking skills and social-moral attitudes (Daniel et al., 2005).
  • Vocabulary intervention should provide opportunities for students to use target words in multiple contexts (Boone et al., 2007).
  • Many children with autism spectrum disorders learn more readily through the visual modality (Taylor-Goh, 2005).

Autism & PDD Yes/No Questions incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.


Boone, K., Letsky, S., Wallach, S., Young, J., Gingrass, K., & Daly, C. (2007, November). Role of SLP: A method of inclusion. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention, Boston: MA.

Daniel, M.F., Lafortune, L., Pallascio, R., Splitter, L., Slade, C., & de la Garza, T. (2005). Modeling the development process of dialogical critical thinking in pupils aged 10 to 12 years. Communication Education, 54(4), 334-354.

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


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 Yes/ No Questions is Beth's third publication with LinguiSystems.  She is also the author of Autism & PDD Basic Questions and Autism & PDD Basic Questions Software.


Suggestions for using Autism & PDD Yes/No 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 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 of 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.