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Dementia and the senses

Start Date
18th August 2017 6:15 pm
End Date
20th August 2017 2:00 pm


Course Details

We will explore our senses as a means to connecting with and supporting someone with dementia. Words tend to be thought of as the units of meaning, but we are sensory communicators too. Learn what sorts of sensory experiences are most likely to engage a person with dementia, and how to craft these into supportive resources. Find out how dementia affects the senses and communication. You’ll have time to explore your sensory selves, discovering what sensory experiences resonate with you

Joanna Grace is the founder of the Sensory Projects. The projects run on the principle that with the right knowledge and a little creativity inexpensive items can become effective tools for inclusion.
Joanna has a background in education and has worked with people with
complex disabilities enabling them to communicate through sensory
exchanges. She is the author of two books on sensory engagement work:
Sensory Stories for children and teens with special educational needs,
and Sensory being for Sensory Beings.
*Rebecca Leighton* has worked as Speech and Language Therapist for 15 years, working to improve communication with people who have mental health conditions and/ or learning disabilities. She has a particular interest in supporting people who rely on non-verbal communication, such as those with profound and multiple disabilities or dementia.  Rebecca has completed a Masters focussing on Sensory Stories and co-authored an article on Sensory Storytelling in dementia care.

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