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Adaptive Interaction and Dementia


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Dedication. Acknowledgements. Preface. 1. Both Sides Now - Advanced Dementia From the Inside Out. 2. We've Only Just Begun - Learning the Language of Dementia. 2.1. The Impact of Dementia on Relationships. 2.2. Changes in Behaviour. 2.3. Malignant Social Psychology. 2.4. Improving Communication. 2.5. Nonverbal Communication. 2.6. Chapter Summary. 3. I Hear You Now - Collaborative Communication. 3.1. Human Communication. 3.2. Models of Communication. 3.3. Individuals with Additional Communication Needs. 3.4. Intensive Interaction. 3.5. Adaptive Interaction. 3.6. Summary. 4. Let's Work Together - Learning the Language of Dementia. 4.1. Step 1: Getting to Know You. 4.2. Step 2: Communication Environment. 4.3. Step 3: Identifying the Communicative Repertoire. 4.4. Step 4: Creating a Connection. 4.5. Step 5: Building the Connection. 4.6. Summary. 5. A Beautiful Noise: Chrissie's Story. 6. I'm Looking Through You: Eleanor's Story. 7. The Sound of Silence: Bert's Story. Epilogue. Appendix - Adaption Interaction Process Charts. References. Index.

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Practical interventions for communicating with people in the advanced stages of dementia who are no longer able to speak

About the Author

Dr Maggie Ellis is Lecturer at the School of Psychology & Neuroscience, University of St Andrews, UK. Arlene Astell is Professor at the School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading, UK and at the Department of Occupational Sciences & Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, Canada.


At last a book that is written in a way that everyone can understand and use in their daily work. Person-centred and practical, this is something that will without doubt change the lives of people affected by dementia. -- Cathy Baldwin, Organisational Development Manager (Quality), Alzheimer's Society
In this book the authors take us on an exciting learning journey by developing our understanding of communication, helping us to become communication partners and then equipping us with the knowledge of Adaptive Interaction. Using sensitive personal examples, the text enhances our ability and skills in such a way as to ensure we treat the person living with dementia as an equal and valued citizen engaged with the world and people around them in a truly meaningful way. -- Henry Simmons, Chief Executive, Alzheimer Scotland
The reader is provided with an overview of dementia which is easy to understand which also makes this book a valuable resource for anyone involved in the care of people living with dementia. -- Angela Moore, Admiral Nurse Clinical Lead, Rutland County Council

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