Increased quality time one of the issues carers talk about is feeling that they are not able to spend quality time with their loved one, or the person they care for. This is for a range of reasons such as a lack of verbal communication, repetition of words or questions, confusion, loss of memory, misunderstandings, anxiety and frustration. The Toolkit helps you rejuvenate communication and find more uplifting ways to connect. One of the biggest learnings is to be fully present in this moment of now – and now.
Promotes self-expression which supports individual identity and reduces stress. The Toolkit highlights the importance of validating individual experiences and feelings (including the carer’s). Puppetry and other art-forms are effective ways to express who we are and what matters to us today, which may not be same as what mattered to us yesterday.
Aids communication in powerful ways throughout the whole process of making as well as in using puppetry afterwards. One of the biggest frustrations is around communication. People sometimes withdraw and speak less or not speak at all. The Toolkit shows you how to use different ways of connecting, (creative, visual, auditory, and tactile) that do not put pressure on anyone to speak or remember. Paradoxically, we often find people do start speaking or recalling events due to creative stimulation.
Anyone can participate no matter his or her ability. Communication is always possible. In over twenty years of working with people with some of the most profound and complex communication needs, we have not found any exceptions to this statement.