Autism & PDD Categories App Beth W. Respess

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Ages: 3-7

This Buddy Bear app is based on the Buddy Bear storybooks and software that have a huge following among speech-language pathologists and educators.

The app helps children understand categories and subcategories as well as develop joint attention, reciprocity, and early language and literacy skills.

The five themed stories match the content of the Autism & PDD Categories Interactive Software and 5-Book Set. The stories and some of the categories they teach are:

  • Buddy Bear in the House food, money, clothes, chores, school supplies, and more
  • Buddy Bear in the Yard plants, insects, tools, playground, flowers, and more
  • Buddy Bear in the Kitchen dishes, fruit, breakfast, snacks, drinks, and more
  • Buddy Bear on Vacation luggage, beach, woods, farm, ocean, and more
  • Buddy Bear Plays toys, pets, games, sports equipment, musical instruments, and more

Research-based teaching techniques meet the unique learning needs of children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays, including:

  • flexible, story-based learning
  • simple, predictable language
  • uncluttered illustrations
  • open-ended responses
  • cheerful, calming narration
  • engaging animation and sound effects

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. Correct responses are reinforced with animation, sound effects, and a friendly "Good job!" A randomization feature can be turned on/off.

The app has 45 interactive screens packed with teaching opportunities for skill mastery.