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How To Make Your Own Picture Communication Cards

Anyone can make picture cards. All you need is a word processing or presentation program, the Internet, and a printer. First, make a list of picture cards needed for clients/loved ones. Then, search online for images that best represent those activities or items. Cut and paste those images into a…

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Picture Card Communication for Individuals With Dementia

As dementia patients decline, their ability to communicate using words decreases. Individuals become aphasic or mute and cannot communicate basic wants. Ineffective ways of communicating leads to challenging behaviors, caregiver depression, and isolated patients. Picture or text reminders are frequently used in cognitive rehabilitation or during reminiscence activities. Pictures can be used…

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From Blog to Blog: The Importance of Age Appropriate Activities

Activity engagement is a vital part of maintaining or increasing quality of life for individuals with dementia. In fact, researchers recommend that it be part of daily routines, alongside exercise and proper nutrition. Activities can increase happiness and boost affect, while decrease agitation and boredom. All too often, I find that…

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What Does Staff Training In ABA Therapy Involve?

ABA therapy is a comprehensive program of services — it is not a “one size fits all approach,” nor is it a “canned” set of programs. We teach caregivers how to respond to challenging behaviors and how to modify tasks to encourage appropriate behaviors in individuals with dementia, but all…

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What Types Of Appropriate Behaviors Can ABA Therapy Increase?

In order to effectively decrease challenging behaviors, we also need to simultaneously increase appropriate behaviors. Often, older adults with dementia are alone with nothing to do or have lost the cognitive and/or physical abilities to do the things they used to do. Sometimes this lack of activity increases the probability…

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Challenging Behaviors ABA Therapy Can Decrease

Nearly all individuals diagnosed with dementia will display a challenging behavior at some point during their illness. These are stressful and sometimes scary problems to witness. Challenging behaviors may occur in clusters or change in frequency and/or intensity throughout the progression of dementia. Challenging behaviors to decrease may include: Agitation,…

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