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Adaptive Interaction and Dementia

Adaptive Interaction and Dementia

How to Communicate without Speech

Dr Maggie Ellis and Professor Arlene Astell, illustrated by Suzanne Scott

Quick Overview

Effective communication with people with dementia is imperative to good relationships with professional caregivers and family members. This book offers a person-centred approach to assessing the communication skills of people with dementia who are unable to speak, and presents evidence-based methods for effective non-verbal communication.
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Paperback / softback
2017, 8.98in x 6.14in / 228mm x 156mm, 192pp
ISBN: 9781785921971
2017, ePUB, 208pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-471-7
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This guide to Adaptive Interaction explains how to assess the communication repertoires of people with dementia who can no longer speak, and offers practical interventions for those who wish to interact with them.

Outlining the challenges faced by people living with advanced dementia, this book shows how to relieve the strain on relationships between them, their families, and professional caregivers through better, person-centred communication. It includes communication assessment tools and guidance on how to build on the communication repertoire of the individual with dementia using nonverbal means including imitation, facial expressions, sounds, movement, eye gaze and touch. With accessible evidence and case studies based on the authors' research, Adaptive Interaction can be used as the basis for developing interactions without words with people living with dementia.


'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


By (author): Maggie Ellis, Arlene Astell
Illustrated by: Suzanne Scott


Click here to download the assessment form templates from the appendix.