World-renowned expert on Asperger's Syndrome Dr. Tony Attwood has teamed up with Dr. Kirsten Callesen and Dr Annette Moller Nielsen of Denmark to create a powerful yet user-friendly tool that gets straight to the core of the thoughts and emotions behind behaviour.
The Cognitive Affective Training (CAT) Kit offers an easy, hands-on way for young people to communicate with adults, and each other. It is an easy and effective way to work with neurotypical children and young adults as well as with people with developmental disabilities.
The CAT-Kit is a program that consists of visual, interactive, and customisable communication elements for children and young adults, and is designed to help students become aware of how their thoughts, feelings and actions all interact.
The nine basic feelings presented in the CAT-Kit include:
There are 10 more specific feelings under each basic feeling category, making 90 emotions available for students to choose from. There is a word piece and a face piece for each of the 90 emotions and they are all affixed with Velcro. They can be attached to The Measure tool to establish emotion intensity and The Day tool to establish time references. There are also blank pieces where students can write in other feelings or draw unique faces.
The CAT-Kit has been proven valuable in a variety of environments:
- Parents report that the materials are excellent resources in conflict resolution among siblings, and for clarifying differing perspectives between age groups
- Teachers and counsellors appreciate the CAT-kit for its visual and concrete design. The kit attracts students' attention and encourages them to talk about their thoughts and emotions in a non-defensive manner. Children are able to communicate their attitudes and emotions by means of the visual aids and are not inhibited by their lack of exact wordings
- Therapists and other professionals consider the CAT-Kit an easy, hands-on adaptation of the cognitive-behavioural strategies they are already familiar with. The kit allows professionals to obtain valuable information regarding the thoughts and feelings that exist behind students' behaviours, while providing a non-stressful environment where professionals can work on students' self-awareness and self-control.
The CAT-Kit includes:
- The CAT-organiser - A visual tool that helps to structure a meaningful conversation with a student about behaviour
- 10 dry erase visual tools
- Over 90 feelings with corresponding faces and words
Elements in the CAT-Kit are designed to support the different parts of the conversation.
Components of the CAT-Kit (with the exception of the manual) are laminated so they can be written on again and again with any dry-erase marker.