This app was developed from the hugely-popular Buddy Bear software and storybook series. Each story teaches nine concepts and develops early communication and language skills.
- Learn concepts of time, position, emotion, shapes, and number
- Develop language and literacy
- Reciprocate in communication exchanges
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Speech-language pathologists and education professionals appreciate its specialized learning format for children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays, including:
- simple, predictable language
- uncluttered illustrations
- cheerful, calming audio narration
- rewarding animation and sound effects
- open-ended responses
- flexible, story-based learning
- What Shape Is It, Becca Bunny?—square, triangle, oval, and more
- What Time Is It, Becca Bunny?—early, morning, afternoon, dinnertime, and more
- How Many, Becca Bunny?—how many, a lot, some, all, and numbers 1 through 5
- How Does Becca Bunny Feel?—happy, scared, excited, mad, and more
- Where Are They Hiding, Becca Bunny?—under, beside, inside, behind, and more
The free Autism & PDD Concepts LITE version lets your student interact with one screen from each story. The full version has 45 interactive screens for skill mastery in:
- concepts of time, position, emotion, shapes, and number
- joint attention and reciprocating in communication
Once you start the app, tap on one of the five stories. Touch the back, forward, and repeat arrows for easy screen navigation. Children choose the correct answer with an easy one-touch response. 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 Concepts 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