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The Validation Way

Validation Communication:

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.

The importance of using both verbal and nonverbal communication strategies will be discussed, individual and group strategies will be described and case examples will be provided.

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