Comprehensive, flexible resource materials for children through adults with language-learning and cognitive challenges go beyond simply teaching about categories, into strategies used when discussing and thinking about attributes, relationships between category members and how to apply the strategies to new learning situations.
An interactive, observational assessment approach provides valuable information about the type of remediation needed by the student. Mediation questions are provided at the end of each section to assess carry-over of the learned material. Addresses creating learning rules to apply to a variety of cognitive processes versus just memorizing word lists or learning one word at a time.Four sections are organized from basic to more complex tasks:
- Attributes and Categories
- Single Attributes
- Multiple Attributes and Categories
- Subcategories and Hierarchies
Lesson pages in each section present tasks from basic to challenging. Each activity includes a student worksheet and an instructor guide which includes the answers, modifications, and supplemental questions, as well as suggestions and examples. The various skills addressed are also aligned to curriculum standards for easy reference. 238 pages. Ages 5 years and up.
The four sections follow a developmental sequence from preoperational to formal operational thinking:
- Attributes and Categories - ages 5 and up
- Single Attributes - ages 5 and up
- Multiple Attributes - ages 7 to adult
- Categories, Subcategories, and Hierarchies - ages 7 to adult
Discussion guides for each lesson page help professionals develop their skills in cognitive mediation. These mediational discussions promote:
- Individualizing instruction within a group
- Developing deficient cognitive functions along with vocabulary
- Using strategies for efficient learning
- Bridging from the current task to new situations
Learners of all ages may use these activities to develop language and thinking skills required in all areas of the curriculum and daily life, including:
- Understanding relationships
- Manipulating sets and subsets
- Thinking flexibly
- Using precise language
- Considering multiple sources of information
- Using logical evidence
- and much more
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