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Autism & PDD Comparatives/Superlatives App
Ages: 3-7   Grades: PreK-2

Now Buddy Bear can help children compare and contrast items and learn descriptive vocabulary in a convenient app format!


  • Compare and contrast items
  • Build vocabulary
  • Develop language comprehension and literacy
  • Increase communication exchanges
Autism & PDD Comparatives/Superlatives for iPad
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Autism & PDD Comparatives/Superlatives LITE for iPad
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Speech-language pathologists and educators appreciate the specialized teaching techniques in the Buddy Bear products.  Children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays benefit from:

  • simple, predictable language
  • uncluttered illustrations
  • cheerful, reassuring audio
  • rewarding animation and sound effects
  • open-ended responses
  • flexible, story-based learning

The five interactive stories match the content of the Autism & PDD Comparatives/Superlatives Interactive Software and 5-Book Set.  The stories and some of the vocabulary they teach are:

  • What Buddy Bear Sees—high, higher, and highest; some, less, and least; and more
  • What Buddy Bear Finds—full, fuller, and fullest; tall, taller, and tallest; and more
  • What Buddy Bear Likes—big, bigger, and biggest; far, farther, and farthest; and more
  • What Buddy Bear Has—old, older, and oldest; warm, warmer, and warmest; and more
  • What Buddy Bear Does—wet, wetter, and wettest; good, better, and best; and more

The free Autism & PDD Comparatives/Superlatives App 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:

  • use descriptive language 
  • improve language comprehension
  • increase spontaneous communication exchanges
  • develop joint attention and social reciprocity

Once you start the app, tap on one of the stories.  Touch the back, forward, and repeat arrows for easy screen navigation.  Children choose the correct answer with an easy one-touch response.  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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  • 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, Tsiskari, & 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 Comparatives/Superlatives 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), 35-113.

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

Vernadakis, N., Avgerinos, A., Tsiskari, E., & Zachopoulou, E. (2005). The use of computer assisted instruction in preschool education: Making teaching meaningful. Early Childhood Education Journal, 33(2), 99-104.


Beth W. Respess


Beth W. Respess is a retired school-based speech-language pathologist.  After four years as a classroom teacher, she graduated with a master's degree in speech communication from Auburn University.  She worked with students of all ages with various speech disorders, but she especially enjoyed the challenge of working with younger children who had PDD and autism. 


This app is based on the Autism & PDD Comparatives/Superlatives Interactive Software.  Autism & PDD Comparatives/Superlatives App allows students with limited language skills to work independently on comparisons.  The animation and sound effects hold their 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 skill of making comparisons.  You can introduce the app individually or in small groups.  Autism & PDD Comparatives/Superlatives App is appropriate for students who are able to use a tablet, up to about age seven, depending on the interest level and ability of the child.  

Minimum System Requirements

Apple iTunes Store

  • iPad only
  • English only
  • not compatible with iPod or iPhone

Android/Google Play

  • minimum 7" screen required
  • English only