This Buddy Bear app uses the successful techniques of the Buddy Bear software and storybooks to improve grammar skills in children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays.
- Comprehend and use verb tenses, plural nouns, personal pronouns, and negation
- Answer questions and follow directions
- Develop early language and literacy
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Speech-language pathologists and early childhood educators have long-appreciated Buddy Bear interactive software programs for the way they develop joint attention, reciprocity, and early language and literacy skills. The Buddy Bear apps use the same learning format:
- simple, predictable language
- uncluttered illustrations
- cheerful, calming audio narration
- open-ended responses
- engaging animation and sound effects
- flexible, story-based learning
The app has five stories. The stories match the content of the Autism & PDD Grammar Interactive Software. Each story features one of these grammar forms:
- Present progressive verbs—e.g., kicking, riding, and more
- Regular past tense verbs—e.g., climbed, jumped, and more
- Regular plural nouns—e.g., flowers, candles, and more
- Personal pronouns—e.g., he, she, they
- Negation—e.g., is not
The free Autism & PDD Grammar LITE version lets your student interact with one screen from each story. The full version has 45 interactive screens packed with teaching opportunities for skill mastery.
Once you start the app, tap on one of the stories. Touch the back, forward, and repeat arrows for easy screen navigation. The answer format is multiple-choice with an easy one-touch or touch-and-drag response. Correct responses are reinforced with a friendly "Good job!", lively animation and sound effects, and an audio narration of the proper grammar form. A randomization feature can be turned on/off.
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- 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 App incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
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.
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- iPad only
- English only
- not compatible with iPod or iPhone
- minimum 7" screen required
- English only