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Autism and PDD Associations Lite

Free
iPad
Genres:
  • Education
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Although the information on the left states that this app is available in all languages, it is only presented in English.

This Buddy Bear app is based on the perennially popular Buddy Bear software and storybooks that have a strong following among speech-language pathologists and educators. The app uses these research-based techniques to improve communication skills in children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities:

•simple, predictable language
•uncluttered illustrations
•open-ended responses
•cheerful, calming narration
•story-based learning applicable to a variety of skills

Each themed story teaches nine associations:
•Buddy Bear Helps Mama—e.g., mop & bucket, pillow & bed, and more
•Buddy Bear Has Fun—e.g., baseball & bat, computer & mouse and more
•Buddy Bear Likes Animals—e.g., bird & nest, dog & bone, and more
•Buddy Bear Gets Ready for School—e.g., toothpaste & toothbrush, socks & shoes, and more
•Buddy Bear Goes on a Picnic—e.g., salt & pepper, bread & butter, and more

Once you start the app, tap on one of the five 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!”