Autism & PDD Comparatives
The app has 5 stories that present Buddy Bear in different settings and situations. Each page of the story shows Buddy Bear with one object. A narrator reads the story as the words appear along the bottom of the page. As the story progresses a second object appears with Buddy Bear. The narrator then asks the child a question about a third object. Answer choices are given along the side of the page. The child must choose the correct picture to complete the comparison of the objects. For example, Buddy Bear has a ball that is shown down a path. The narrator says it is “far away”. Another ball appears that is farther away. Then the child must find the basketball that is “farthest away”. Other vocabulary taught includes big, bigger, biggest, some, less, least and good, better, best.
From the Developer
This app is based on the best-selling Buddy Bear software and storybooks. Speech-language pathologists and educators appreciate these specialized teaching techniques for children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities:
- simple, predictable language
- uncluttered illustrations
- cheerful, reassuring audio
- rewarding animation and sound effects
- open-ended responses
Buddy Bear helps children compare and contrast items and learn descriptive vocabulary and morphological word endings (“-er” and “-est”) . Five interactive stories also develop joint attention, reciprocity, and early language skills.
The stories include these vocabulary concepts:
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
Once you start the app, tap on one of the stories. Back, forward, and repeat arrows provide easy screen navigation. Children choose the correct answer with an easy one-tap response. Correct responses are reinforced with animation, sound effects, and a friendly “Good job!”
Although the information on the left states that this app is available in all languages, it is only presented in English.