Dr. Tony Attwood has teamed up with Dr. Kirsten Callesen and Dr. Annette Moller Nielsen to create a powerful yet user-friendly tool that gets straight to the core of the thoughts and emotions behind behavior.
The CAT-kit offers an easy, hands-on way for young people to communicate with adults, and each other.
The Cognitive Affective Training (CAT) kit is a program that consists of visual, interactive, and customizable communication elements for children and young adults. It is designed to help students become aware of how their thoughts, feelings and actions all interact and, in the process of using the various visual components, they share their insights with others. It is an easy and effective way to work with neurotypical children and young adults as well as with people with developmental disabilities.
... Parents report that the materials are excellent resources in conflict resolution among siblings, and for clarifying differing perspectives between age groups. The uncomplicated design and situation-specific uses of the kit will simplify day-to-day conversation and allow parents to deal with displays of emotion or misconceptions that ordinarily would be difficult to manage.
... Teachers and counselors 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-behavioral strategies they are already familiar with. The kit allows professionals to obtain valuable information regarding the thoughts and feelings that exist behind students' behaviors, while providing a non-stressful environment where professionals can work on students' self-awareness and self-control. The CAT-kit elements can easily be integrated into comprehensive CBT programs.
A clinical psychologist in Australia, Dr. Tony Attwood has over thirty years of experience with individuals with autism, Asperger's syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). He has worked with several thousand individuals, from infants to octogenarians, from profoundly disabled persons to university professors.
A clinical psychologist and the Director of the Asperger's Resource Centre in Denmark, Dr. Kirsten Callesen has been in the autism field for over ten years. She is actively engaged in educating others about autism, Asperger's syndrome, and the use of the CAT-Kit, which has already made a tremendous impact in Scandinavia by helping parents and professionals structure conversations that focus on emotional issues.
Dr. Annette Moller Nielsen is a clinical psychologist who currently runs her own private practice, AutismeMidt, She also works closely with the Centre for Autism in Copenhagen, where she is responsible for planning courses, parent counseling, and the psychological assessment of children, adolescents, and adults.
The CAT-Kit does not merely focus on understanding (emotions); it addresses also skills acquisition training and practice. Step by step, this program teaches children the most important functions and needs relating to emotions, to social relationships, and to better coping.--Professor Tammie Ronen, Head of Bob Shapell School of Social Work, Tel Aviv University
I have only had the opportunity to use the CAT-Kit a few short weeks and I have found it to be one of the most powerful behavioral tools I have ever used! Children, teens and adults with whom I work, who have autism and other developmental disabilities and even some without disabilities, LOVE using this tool.--Kathy Kelchner, MEd, Educational Consultant
Binder contains a 55-page manual, 10+ dry-erase visual tools, and over 90 feelings with corresponding faces and words. 2008