The Six Week Program
Here is the program that I taught at the four pilot facilities.
WORKSHOP 1 - Understanding the World of
WORKSHOP 2 - Non Verbal Communication
WORKSHOP 3 - Verbal Communication
WORKSHOP 4 - Listening Skills
WORKSHOP 5 - Tools for Behaviors
WORKSHOP 6 - Tools for Caregiving
As you click on each Workshop you will see the outline that I used.
This is exactly what I used from week to week. You need to use a
format that you are comfortable with . From facility to facility
the program changed as I experimented with different games, to fit
the needs of all those who attended. I found several exercises that
worked well to emphasize a certain point so I have included all
of those in the outline.
The amount of time you have to teach each workshop will determine
how many interactive teaching tools you use. Maybe, you only emphasize
body language and facial expressions and use a few exercises in
one staff meeting. Maybe you use the whole six week program. It
is up to you.
Here are some of the ways I have used the program. I took portions
of the the communication workshop sessions to present an overview
on how to communicate to a person with Alzheimer's to a group of
family caregivers. I've also condensed the program into six hours
for a training with artists who wish to work with persons with dementia.
I've done a one hour in-service on creative problem solving and
brainstorming for an Alzheimer's Special Care unit. You can do the
same. Pick bits and pieces and create what you need with it. But
in order to do that you will need to be at least familiar with all
Before each class I remind the class of this one
Everyone with dementia is an individual and Alzheimer's disease
affects each person with the disease individually.
Please email me with
questions or comments and I will try and email you
HANDOUTS given at the
beginning of a series on communication
of Good Communication Skills from Understanding Difficult Behaviors
by Robinson, Spencer and White
Evaluation Sheet (click for printable PDF)
(click for printable PDF)
Visual equipment (click to view)
in program outlines (click to view)