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Making a PBJ



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Non-verbal communication

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Verbal Communication

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Needed for this exercise:

Jar of peanut butter (creamy or chunky)

Jar of jelly or jam ( your choice of flavor)

1 paper plate

1 napkin

1 knife

1 loaf of bread (I usually get it from bread thrift store)

Have all your supplies on a table in the front and you can stand in front of it.

Here is what you say:

"I am going to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich but I will need all of you to tell me how to do it. I will hear as though I have Alzheimer's disease. "

"I want to hear from all over the room, not just from one person."

You may have to prompt them to get them going. 7 out 10 times the first instruction is open the bread. Then you just tear open the bread bag.

Keep going. The only time I am verbal is to say "from this side of the room now"

Don't stop til you have a sandwich and take a bite out it.

LISTEN to the instructions they give you literally. For the sake of the exercise do the opposite that you normmaly would do. If they tell you to pick up the knife, pick it up from the wrong end. If they tell you to put jelly on the bread, you can put very little or a whole lot. Half of the time, I have had someone try and come and help me or to yell out let me come do it for you! Yes, that is very nice to try and help. But the answer I usually give here is , " Let them do for themselves for as long as they can. " The person I am portraying CAN still do it, just needs the correct instructions. React to their vocal characteristics. If you hear your name, zoom in on that person. Listen for praise.

Usually at the end I ask What did you think? What happened? Then you can go through the verbal list and touch on each one that happened during that exercise.

There are a lot of applications. Look at the verbal communcation list. Simplify. One instruction at a time. Use the persons name. Slow down. Be specific. Be patient Non-verbal communication. What is you voice saying to the person? Are you frustrated with the person? Are you in a hurry ? This also applies to: How to assist with personal cares How to breakdown any task How to assist at meals

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