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Category Therapy helps individuals, who have suffered language loss due to stroke or brain injury, practice mental organization skills.

When the ability to group items and name common characteristics is lost or damaged, it affects our basis for structuring & understanding the world.

Category Therapy, a professional speech therapy app, is an effective tool to work on semantic skills without verbal production. It uses categorization exercises that run along a hierarchy from simple to complex to strengthen connections between words.

  • Four exercises: Find, Classify, Exclude, and Add One
  • Three levels of difficulty: Concrete, Subcategories, and Abstract
  • Perfect for non-verbal users
  • Built-in cues and automated scoring
  • Encourages extended engagement & practice time
  • Available on Apple App Store and Android Google Play Store

Benefits for the Speech-Language Professional

  • Quickly assess semantic knowledge
  • • Run through each exercise to determine specific areas of deficit
    • Ideal for minimally or non-verbal clients to reveal strengths and weaknesses

  • Exercises target language and cognitive goals
  • • Semantic knowledge, mental organization, and reasoning are targeted
    • Adjust the difficulty through levels, activities, or settings for field size
    • Change the stimuli to be just pictures to practice naming, just words to practice reading, or both for maximum stimulation

  • Professional reports make data collection and charting a breeze
  • • E-mailed reports track progress from session to session
    • Have your clients email you from their home practice for more data

How to Use Category Therapy for Home Practice

People who have difficulty speaking often have trouble with categories. They may struggle to see how items are connected, and without this connection, they have more difficulty finding the word they are looking for. Category Therapy can help strengthen categorization skills. Your speech therapist can help you figure out which settings and exercises are best for you, but if you are on your own, try this:

  • Start with Find or Classify on Medium.
  • If it’s too easy, try Add One on Medium, or Find or Classify on Hard.
  • If it’s too hard, try Find or Classify on Easy.
  • Name each picture on the screen for extra practice.
  • Change the setting to Words Only to challenge yourself.
  • E-mail your results to your therapist or a family member to share your progress.

What People are Saying about Category Therapy

Category Therapy is another one of Tactus Therapy’s beautiful offerings. Working on categories is a common activity in language therapy. What Category Therapy has managed to do is to collate four kinds of activities into one tight, comprehensive app, and spruced it up with customizable field sizes, filtered target categories, cue types, and best of all, difficulty levels that range from concrete to abstract categories. With 700 images in 70 categories, one can do so much with this app with any client. By taking on the bulk of preparation from the clinician, more time can be devoted into helping one’s client process what is on the screen and providing ample feedback. In our iOS device, Category Therapy falls under our select “high frequency” apps.
Carla, SLP, iSpeakApp
Category Therapy is a very well thought-out, systematic app with a wide variety of uses. It will be a LONG time before you run out of content to use with one patient/student, and the app’s fantastic settings options will allow you to use it with a variety of individuals, regardless of cognitive abilities. Of course, the main purpose of this app is obvious: teach categorization skills. On a deeper level, though, categorization involves many more skills than just being able to categorize. In my opinion, the Settings are what makes Tactus Therapy apps go from good to great. While many apps can only be used with a certain “type” of patient/student (e.g. certain cognitive level), the different settings in this app make it easy to use with a wide variety of individuals.
Aubrey Klingensmith, MS, CCC-SLP, Speechie Apps
The application is clean and simple to use for clients of all ages. There are real-life photos, a white background, and no distracting backgrounds or audio. I definitely like the settings for the application so that one can use it with multiple clients and also change the settings as a client improves. The ability to e-mail results makes therapy so much easier because you can focus your time on explaining why different choices were correct or incorrect and actually teach rather than have to teach and write down results. You can use the application with both adults and children. What I absolutely love is that the client is able to press the text or a microphone button if he or she needs to hear an item, category, or instruction stated aloud.
Jessica Solari, SLP , Consonantly Speaking

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Platforms: iPad/iPad mini/iPhone/iPod touch and Android tablets/phones

Goal Areas: Semantics, Categorization, Organization, Reasoning, Problem-Solving, Auditory Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Attention, Verbal Fluency, Divergent Naming, Convergent Naming

Helps: Aphasia, Anomia, Word-Finding Difficulties, Semantic Impairment, Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Brain Injury, Language Delay, Autism, Language Learning Disability, English as a Second Language Learners

Vocabulary: Nearly 700 words in 70 categories

Languages: English (US)

Version: 1.03

Price: $14.99 USD

Bundled in: Tactus Collection Part 1 – Aphasia

Tyler, L. K., Moss, H. E., Durrant-Peatfield, M. R., Levy, J. P. (2000). Conceptual structure and the structure of concepts: A distributed account of category specific deficits. Brain and Language. 75 195–231

Grossman, M. (1980). The aphasics’ identification of a superordinate’s referents with basic object level and subordinate level terms. Cortex, 16(3), 459-469.

Smith, E. E., Shoben, E. J., Rips, L. J. (1974). Structure and process in semantic memory: A featural model of semantic association. Psychological Review. 81 214–241

Sep 14, 2014            Version 1.03 – Category Therapy Increases Engagement Between Stroke Survivors and Therapists

Sep 14, 2013            Version 1.02

  • New features & minor fixes

Apr 17, 2013            Version 1.01

  • Minor fixes

Nov 9, 2012            Category TherAppy Initial Release

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Category Therapy is available for your iOS and Android devices.

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