Last week I shared about how I created a set of 3 different category adapted books since I always have lots of students working on categorization skills. The series includes What Category Do You See?, I Spy Categories, and What Is The Category? Each week I’ll discuss how I set up and use one of the books in therapy.
Last week I shared about the book “What Category Do You See?” which I created to be the easiest of the three books in the series. This week I wanted to share about the I Spy Categories book which is a little more difficult. The format for this book is similar to other I Spy Book I have created but the target for this one is categories. You just need to put a piece of hard Velcro in each of the empty boxes on every page and then cut out and put soft Velcro on each picture. You will have 4 pictures to put on each page. The student has to select the correct picture from the visual field of 4 pictures to go with the named category. The book includes 16 different common categories.
This book is more challenging because the students do not have the extra added visual support of the category name. For the first page the student has to determine which of the four items is in the furniture category but there is not a visual paired with the furniture category name. The student would select the desk picture and place it in the empty square.
If my student can read I have the student point to each word as they read “I spy with my little eyes…” and then the category name. If my student cannot read all the words independently then I read the words as I point to them. I try to have my verbal students help say “eyes” or point to their eyes as I read the sentence. Then I read the category name and give the student time to process the category name and look at all the choices. You can always reduce the visual field to 2-3 pictures if 4 is too difficult for the student.
This is also great practice to use with student who have AAC devices. You can have the student find the item on their device which goes in that category.
You can also work on your students expanding their utterances either verbally or using their AAC device. I have many student also working on this goal so after the student names the item I have him/her tell me the category in which the item belongs. For example, “pizza is food” or “square is a shape”. Generating longer novel utterances is often difficult for many of my students.
If completing 16 pages is too much for you student you can always bind the book into 2 smaller books. Have 8 categories in one book and the other 8 categories in another book.