Moving Beyond Words is a new course that explores how we can use non-verbal communication – especially sounds and movements – to support our relationships and wellbeing.
This course will support carers to identify and try out creative ways to stay connected without relying on speech. This approach will empower a person with dementia to stay connected or reconnect to a social world when they can no longer use words. Family caregivers are encouraged to look for connection rather than meaning.
Moving Beyond Words is delivered as 5 x 2 hour sessions via Zoom and has been designed to follow on from the Empowered Conversations course. The course covers the following:
An opportunity to reflect on non-verbal communication and consider why it is an invaluable resource for people with severe dementia and their carers
An opportunity to reflect on the non-verbal skills which we are born with and which we retain throughout our lives.
Tips on ways to use sound and movement to initiate and sustain connection
What gets in the way of us being able to use sound and movement fully to stay connected?
An introduction to the adaptive interaction approach in advanced dementia
Tips on using songs for instruction
Kindness to self; exploring ways to meet you own needs using sound, song and movement
What we have learnt, what we have changed and what we can celebrate
“I feel like we have a way in now and that they have a way out!”