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At around 48-54 months of age, typically developing children can group items into basic categories, and also identify things that do NOT belong to the group. Some people struggle with these tasks, however, including children with language and/or learning disorders, and some people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Identifying in/out relationships and classifying things into groups are fundamental cognitive skills needed for school, at home, in the community, and for several activities of daily living (you can read more about category skill development here).
This no-prep pack is designed to help people to practice identifying things that do NOT belong to basic categories. Featuring words and pictures, it is suitable for people of different ages and abilities. To make it harder, simply ask the student to explain (orally or in writing) “why” the objects they have selected do NOT belong to the named category, but instead belong in a different category, thus stimulating verbal reasoning skills, expressive syntax using the subordinating conjunction “because”, and expressive semantic language skill development, generally.