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

Best-loved Buddy Bear helps youngsters master basic grammar.  Laughter and giggles abound as they imitate Buddy Bear and are rewarded with riveting animation!

Outcomes

  • Comprehend and use verb tenses, plural nouns, personal pronouns, and negation
  • Answer questions and follow directions
  • Develop early literacy and social reciprocity
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#6205
$35.95
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Laugh-out-loud sound effects and hearing Buddy Bear tell them, "Good job!" keeps youngsters motivated.  Simple language makes each screen easy to understand.  An open-ended response structure encourages self-monitoring.  Spoken words along with text develops early literacy skills.

The captivating stories teach these grammar forms:

  • present progressive verbs (e.g., kicking, riding)
  • regular past tense verbs (e.g., climbed, jumped)
  • regular plural nouns (e.g., flowers, candles)
  • personal pronouns (e.g., he, she, they)
  • negation (e.g., is not)

The program includes:

  • five stories, each featuring one grammar form
  • two answer formats: multiple choice and click-and-drag
  • immediate reinforcement of correct responses with captivating animations and sound effects and a friendly "Good job!"
  • screen randomization that maybe turned off/on

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Components
CD-ROM, instructions
  • Grammar instruction should be salient and functional for students to use these targeted forms in everyday conversations (Fey, Long, & Finestack, 2003).
  • 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).
  • Speech-language pathologists should enhance access to literacy and academic instruction for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASHA, 2006).
  • Computer-assisted instruction (CAI) has a positive effect on the learning process of young children who learn better with pictures and sounds (Vernadakis, Avgerinos, Tsitskari, & Zachopoulou, 2005).

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

References

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). (2006). Roles and responsibilities of speech-language pathologists in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders across the life span [Position Statement]. Retrieved November 30, 2010, from www.asha.org/docs/html/ps2006-00105.html#sec1.1

Fey, M.E., Long, S.H., & Finestack, L.H. (2003). Ten principles of grammar facilitation for children with specific language impairments. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 12, 3-15.

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)

LinguiSystems

Introduction

Autism & PDD Grammar Interactive Software allows students with limited language skills to work independently on the grammar skills of personal pronouns, present progressive verbs, regular past tense verbs, regular plural nouns, and negation.  The animation and sound effects hold students' interest while the simple, open-ended 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 grammar skills.  You can introduce the software individually or in small groups.  Autism & PDD Grammar 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
  • 1024 x 768 Screen Resolution

Mac

  • OSX 10.6 or later  
  • 64MB
  • 1024 x 768 Screen Resolution
  • Intel Processor
Program may be operated directly from the CD-ROM.
Compatible with SMART Board that emulates a mouse.