Help children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities understand basic wh- question forms while developing early language and communication skills.
- Understand and answer wh- questions
- Develop joint attention and social reciprocity
- Build language and literacy
- Engage in spontaneous communication
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This app follows the successful learning format of the popular Buddy Bear software and storybooks:
- simple, predictable language
- uncluttered illustrations
- reassuring audio narration
- open-ended responses
- engaging animation and sound effects
- flexible, story-based learning
- Why, Buddy Bear
- Where, Buddy Bear
- What, Buddy Bear
- Who, Buddy Bear
- When, Buddy Bear
The free Autism & PDD Basic Questions LITE version lets your student interact with one screen from each story. The full version has 45 interactive screens packed with teaching opportunities so youngsters can:
- understand and answer wh- questions
- build language and literacy
- increase spontaneous communication exchanges
- develop joint attention and social reciprocity
Once you start the app, tap on one of five stories. Tap on the back, forward, and repeat arrows for easy screen navigation. In four of the stories, children touch one of three picture choices to answer the questions. In the Where, Buddy Bear story, they touch and drag to respond to questions. Correct responses are reinforced with a friendly "Good job!" and an audio narrative using the correct question form. A randomization feature can be turned on/off.
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- 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).
- Many children with autism spectrum disorders learn more readily through the visual modality (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
- 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).
- Computers are successful teaching instruments for children with autism. Multisensory interactions; controlled and structured environments; multilevel interactive functions; and independent, individualized use assist learning and generalization to other settings (Hetzroni & Tannous, 2004).
Autism & PDD Basic Questions App incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
Hetzroni, O.E., & Tannous, J. (2004). Effects of a computer-based intervention program on the communicative functions of children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 34(2), 95-113.
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