Validation Communication: Dementiability Communication Techniques for Dementia

A workshop that focuses on effectively communicating with cognitively impaired older adults.

Saturday, October 24, 2015
Bartimaeus, 290 North Queen Street, Suite 112, Toronto, ON M9C 5L2
Speaker: Gail Elliot, BASc, MA, Gerontologist and Dementia Specialist,
Founder & CEO of DementiAbility Enterprises Inc.

Validation Communication Techniques for Dementia Workshop
This session will cover the following:
When working with individuals with dementia, who struggle to remember details that contribute to
meaningful conversation, people often conclude that conversation is no longer possible.

They falsely conclude that when communication strategies fail there is no way to connect with this
individual. Where there is a problem, we must always focus on finding a remedy.

Validation techniques provide an effective remedy for communication breakdown in dementia. Validation
Therapy was developed by Naomi Feil, from Cleveland, Ohio, between 1963 and 1980. These
techniques are being used around the world.

This session will highlight basic/effective communication techniques for dementia and then focus on
validation communication strategies. This session will also provide opportunities to challenge your
thinking about communicating with individuals in all stages of dementia, including those who have lost
virtually all ability to converse.

Cost: Early bird rate = $200 + hst
After October 10, 2015 = $225  + hst

To register: Download pdf for full details and registration form.
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