Video of Category Therapy v1.0. The latest version may look and behave slightly differently.


EASY: Concrete Categories – select this level for basic categories such as Animals, Clothing, Food, and Plants.

MEDIUM: Subcategories – select this level for subcategories such as Birds, Footwear, Desserts, and Flowers.

HARD: Abstract Categories – select this level for abstract categories such as Big Things, Special Occasions, and Things made of Plastic.

General: Select the target category or categories and press the Right Arrow button. Touch the answer for the given task. If correct, the answer will be outlined by a green border and a bell will sound, moving on to the next exercise. If incorrect, the selection will fade out, take on a red border and a buzzer will sound, allowing the user to try again until correct. To skip an item, press the right arrow near the top. To go back to review an exercise, press the left arrow near the top. If the exercise has been completed, the correct answer will be outlined and all incorrect answers selected will be faded out. To end the exercise before the end, press the Home button. Touch the instructions at the top to repeat the instructions. Touch the word below a picture or the speaker icon to hear the word aloud without selecting an answer. If the hint is used (available on Exclude & Add One), the item will be counted as incorrect, but will be counted in a separate tally in the score report e-mail.

Find: Touch the item that is a member of the category spoken/printed on the screen.

Classify: Touch the category that the target item belongs to from the choices at the bottom.

Exclude: Touch the item that does not fit into the same category as the other items on the screen. Touch the “Hint” button to reveal the name of the category that all the items belong to except one.

Add One: Touch the item at the bottom that completes the series of 4 items above based on shared category membership. Touch the “Hint” button to reveal the name of the category that all the items belong to.


Maximum Number of Trials: Select the number of trials presented in a practice session.

Target Type: Select whether stimulus items are displayed as Words Only, Pictures Only or Words with Pictures.

Field Size: Small will show 2-3 choices, Medium displays 3-4 words, and Large displays 4-6 items, depending on the activity.

E-mail Results To: Enter the address of the SLP or other person monitoring progress.

Auto-Advance: Turn this setting on to move automatically to the next trial. Turn it off to use the arrow buttons to move between trials.

Audio Reinforcement of Category: In Exclude & Add One modes, the name of the category is spoken after the correct addition/exclusion is selected. This can be turned on or off.

Child-Friendly Mode: Turn this setting on to remove items referencing alcohol or violence from the app and disable the links to outside sites on the home screen.

Tips & Tricks

Are you using this app to its fullest potential? Do you know about every setting and feature? Take a few moments to read up on our tips for using the app better and tricks for getting more out of it. Then test your knowledge to see if you're aware of all the great things you can do with this app. If you have a tip or trick to share, please let us know!
• To discuss all the pictures and categories on the screen before moving on, turn Auto-Advance off.
• To focus on reading comprehension, set Target Type to “Words Only.”
• Use incorrect answers as an opportunity to discuss why one answer might be better than another.
• Use Category Therapy for a quick and easy assessment of the semantic skills of non-verbal clients.
• Use Category Therapy with clients with aphasia or right hemisphere impairments to work on organization, logic, and naming.
• Set Target Type to “Pictures Only” to encourage the user to name each item.
• Touch any word, instruction, or speaker icon to hear the words.
• Increase the difficulty of an activity by first changing the field size, then by changing the level.
• Turn off the “Audio Reinforcement of Category” setting to let the user name the category in Add One & Exclude.
• Easily send the reports to yourself by putting your e-mail address in the settings to track progress over time.
• Did you know that the Exclude activity now shows you which items go together after you answer? Try it for yourself to see the change!
• Did you know that the Medium level just got harder? Select the subcategory member from other items in the same basic category.
• Did you know that a smaller field size makes most activities easier, but it makes Exclude harder!
• Did you know that categorization skills are a pre-requisite for using grid-based AAC systems? Strengthen these skills with Category Therapy.
• Did you know that colors, shapes, numbers, and letters can be the most challenging basic categories for people with aphasia? Target them directly with Category Therapy.

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