Studies have indicated individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) may benefit from specific instruction in categorization. Poor categorization skills can influence word finding, comprehension, and language processing. Children with language disorders often have difficulty explaining a relationship between items, forming word associations, and building the semantic networks needed for speaking and writing. Categories Learning Center was created specifically to help build those semantic networks to increase word finding, comprehension learning, and processing with the help of categorization activities.
Category Learning Center includes nearly 45 category titles. Students with speech and language impairment will practice learning the categories and classify items that belong to each one of these categories. Some of the categories included on the app are listed below:
In levels 1 and 2, the app shows standard categorization activities with a line of items on the bottom of the screen and either two or three containers. The individual must drag the item to the appropriate container. Tapping the item at the bottom of the screen will provide an audio clip with the item label. Once identified, the individual must determine the category in which the item should be placed. The number of containers is selected in the “settings” area. See images below.
Auditory Memory Club specifically targets listening skills and auditory memory; however, through directed language expansion, it can also encourage both receptive and expressive language skills.
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