Help adults develop the intangible skill of abstract categorization using functional content and a well-planned progression of task difficulty.
- Categorize by abstract attributes
- Improve underlying language processes
- Develop divergent and convergent thinking
Adult clients improve categorization, comprehension, and mental manipulation of abstract concepts with these ready-to-go lessons. The content ranges from basic to moderate difficulty levels and reflects a variety of reasoning demands encountered in everyday cognitive and language tasks. Clients respond to the tasks by marking the correct answer, giving verbal answers, and writing one-word answers. A screening tool helps identify the client's reasoning strategies prior to designing therapy sessions.
The activities include:
- selecting, matching, and sorting members of abstract categories (e.g., things that are pointed, things that are scented)
- excluding words that don't belong in an abstract category (e.g., leopard, Dalmatian, volleyball, ladybug)
- naming abstract categories and items in abstract categories (e.g., Name something small that begins with M.)
- listing items by two attributes (e.g., things that keep you warm in the winter)
You may purchase Just for Adults Abstract Categories individually or as part of the 6-book Just for Adults set. The 6-book set consists of:
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- Communication, both verbal and nonverbal, is a fundamental human need. Meeting this need by facilitating and enhancing communication in any form can be vital to a patient's well-being (NSA, 2005).
- Rehabilitation is an important part of recovering from a stroke, and the goal is to regain as much independence as possible (NSA, 2005).
- In an extensive review of the literature, Holland, Fromm, DeRuyter, and Stein (1996) found aphasia treatment to be efficacious and benefited the majority of individuals with aphasia in comparison to no treatment groups.
- Therapy should include tasks that focus on semantic processing, including semantic cueing of spoken output, semantic judgments, categorization, and word-to-picture matching (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
- Therapy may target the comprehension and production of complex, as well as simple, sentence forms (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
Just for Adults Abstract Categories incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
Holland, A.L., Fromm, D.S., DeRuyter, F., & Stein, M. (1996). Treatment efficacy: Aphasia. Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 39, S27-S36.
National Stroke Association (NSA). (2005). Clinical guidelines for stroke rehabilitation and recovery. Retrieved August 13, 2009, from www.nhmrc.gov.au/publications/synopses/_files/cp105.pdf
Taylor-Goh, S. (2005). Royal college of speech & language therapists: Clinical guidelines. United Kingdom: Speechmark.