First Categories

First Categories uses 60 nouns in 6 categories to train categorization skills. Innovative activities, hundreds of drawings and photographs, and exciting 3-D animation make this program fun and effective.

First Categories screen This program:
• Trains 6 early categories using 60 nouns
• Expands understanding of word meaning
• Includes 120 illustrations and 120 photos

Suggested for individuals (Pre-K through Adult) with:
• Autism, developmental disabilities, language-learning disabilities, physical impairments, TBI, and aphasia

First Categories screen shot Product Description:
First Categories uses 60 common nouns to train 6 essential early categories: animals, food, body parts, clothing, furniture, and vehicles. For learners who are motivated by visual stimulation, we offer full-screen scenes and 3-D blocks. For those who are easily distracted, a simple black background can be used. Additional Information or purchase.

Optimized Intervention® Offers Improved Training!
Using our Optimized Intervention technology, First Categories begins with an assessment to determine which categories a student doesn’t already know. During training, a student is asked to identify the item that belongs to a particular category (“Which one is an animal?”) The program continually monitors a student’s performance and then tailors instructional delivery to his or her unique needs.


Flexibility and control
You decide to train using two or three choices and whether to use illustrations or photographs. Four examples of each item aid in generalizing the concept. At the end of each lesson, a summary of the student’s performance is presented, allowing you to quickly review progress and ensure accountability.


First Categories Includes 11 Activities!

Optimized Intervention
This activity automatically assesses a student’s knowledge of early categories and delivers highly individualized training. Based on a student’s responses, the program moves among three training levels, each with a different amount of instructional support.

Three Instructional Activities
Item Array (Inclusion) asks students to identify an array of items that belong to the same category.

Single Item (Inclusion) asks students to select one item that belongs to a particular category.

Single Item (Exclusion) asks the student to find the item that does not belong to a particular category.

This activity can be used to document pre- or post-training performance.

Six Supplemental Activities
Build-a-Category introduces each item in a category until all 10 items are on the screen together.

Single Item Review presents one item on the screen and gives its name and category.

Robot Review presents an array of four items from a single category and names each one.

Find Four displays 10 items and asks students to find four that belong to the same category.

Magnet Match asks students to match an item at the top of the screen with one of the four items at the bottom.

Pick-a-Pair presents five pairs of items and asks students to find the pair from the same category.

Purchase or Rent

 First Categories SE  (Mac/Win CD)
1-4 copies $230.00 each  
5-9 copies $161.00 each
30% off
10-19 copies $138.00 each
40% off
20-49 copies $115.00 each
50% off
50+ copies Call for Pricing
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Monthly Rental $15.00/month

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System Requirements

Macintosh® System Requirements:

  • 300 MHz or faster PowerPC®, Intel® or better CPU with Mac OS® 8.1 or later, including any Mac OS X*
  • 128 MB RAM, 256 MB RAM for OS X
  • 40 MB of available disk space
  • Color monitor capable of 800 x 600 resolution with thousands of colors
  • CD or DVD drive
  • Web browser (for Help System- no Internet connection is required)

*Users of Mac OS Lion (version 10.7) or later will be required to download and install an application from our web site.

Windows® System Requirements:

  • 300 MHz or faster CPU with Microsoft® Windows® 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista®, 7, or 8
  • 64 MB of installed RAM
  • 40 MB of available disk space
  • Color monitor capable of 800 x 600 resolution with high color
  • Windows compatible sound card and speakers
  • CD or DVD drive
  • Web browser (for Help System- no Internet connection is required)

Interface Options:

Mouse, keyboard, single or dual switch, touch screen, or any other compatible pointing device.


Mary Sweig Wilson, Ph.D,
Bernard J. Fox, M.S.

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Development of these programs was supported by Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants
from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).