Now young children with limited language proficiency can work on the skills of solving a problem, cause and effect, sequencing, predicting, and comparing.
- Problem solve everyday situations
- Develop flexible thinking
- Acquire concepts of cause and effect
- Make simple predictions
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This app is based on the Buddy Bear storybooks and software that have a huge following among speech-language pathologists and educators. The specialized teaching techniques develop communication skills in children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays.
- simple, predictable language
- uncluttered illustrations
- cheerful, calming narration
- open-ended responses
- engaging animation and sound effects
- flexible story-based learning
Each story focuses on one skill area. The stories match the content of the Autism & PDD Reasoning & Problem Solving Interactive Software. The stories are organized by these skill areas:
- Solving a Problem—answer "what" questions to solve problems
- Cause and Effect—answer a "why" question to determine cause and effect
- Predicting—infer and predict what Buddy Bear is going to do based on the items he has
- Sequencing—identify Buddy Bear's next step
- Comparing—identify how two items are the same
The free Autism & PDD Reasoning & Problem Solving LITE version lets your student interact with one screen from each story. The full version has 45 interactive screens packed with teaching opportunities to help youngsters:
- reason and problem solve
- build language and literacy
- increase spontaneous communication exchanges
- develop joint attention and social reciprocity
Once you start the app, tap on one of the five skills to launch a story. Children choose the correct answer with an easy one-touch response. Tap the back, forward, and repeat arrows for easy screen navigation. Correct responses are reinforced with animation, sound effects, and a friendly, "Good job!" A randomization feature can be turned on/off.
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- Stories about specific social situations help students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) understand and respond to similar social situations appropriately (Kouch & Mirenda, 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).
- The individualized education plan (IEP) should address the following issues that apply to students with ASD: attention, imitation, communication, socialization, cognition (including problem solving and reasoning), and essential life skills (Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, 2011).
- 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 Reasoning & Problem Solving App incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
Kouch, H., & Mirenda, P. (2003). Social story interventions for young children with autism spectrum disorders. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 18, 219-227.
Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council: Ohio Autism Task Force (2011). Service guidelines for individuals with autism spectrum disorders through the lifespan. Retrieved June 17, 2011, from www.ocali.org/up_doc/Autism_Service_Guidelines.pdf
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.
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- iPad only
- English only
- not compatible with iPod or iPhone
- minimum 7" screen required
- English only