Taster session experience

Yesterday I completed my 3rd round of ‘The Magic Mad Hat approach with Dementia’ taster session, so I now would like to share my experience, observations and insights from these sessions.

Mainly art facilitators attended the first session.
I welcomed a lady singing with people with dementia in a choir. During the session, I ensured her that all the games and exercises can be applied in a musical way also… Even though, there are a certain set of ‘rules’ to follow in order to achieve the best benefits, these rules can be easily adjusted to various requirements such as Choirs.

Another attendee works with people with Dementia in a more artistic way such as painting & drawing. She considered the warm up games as very useful to loosen up as well as reawakening the creative thinking process. In addition, all games & exercises are designed to eliminate the ‘fear of failure’ which in return can inspire the artistic creation.

Then there was a younger Lady on her way to become an art facilitator within the community. She was especially impressed by the effects of i.e: Sound and movement.
She kindly has provided a long testimonial.

Also I had Lesley from AIN participating who was especially impressed by my passion and enthusiasm. Furthermore, she considered my way of presenting the games as very positive and encouraging.

My conclusion was to not only show games for people with Dementia but also to introduce games/ exercises using more ‘Yes and…’ to carers, facilitators and family members, in order to positively change the relationship between the person with dementia and their carer.

Two drama therapists and partner, a teacher for children with Autism and a Lady working with people with dementia in North London and her mum were attending the second session.

Having two professional drama therapists in the room was very uplifting. I was flattered to receive their ‘approval’ in relation to The Magic Mad Hat approach and it was great to observe their experience of the benefits of ‘Improv’.

My friend, who works with children with Autism, was encouraged to apply some of the games in her work.
Unfortunately the Lady working in North London and her mum had to rush off a bit earlier to catch a train, but we are in contact and I am looking forward to meet her again soon.

Yesterday’s session was also very productive and interesting. Unfortunately two participants couldn’t attend due to illness but will attend the next session on the 6th of July.

So the group was rather small, but very effective.
I received following feedback: ‘Really great session! Gave me lots of ideas’. (Elliott, attendee)

Now what will happen next?

I will be running two more taster sessions for FREE – on the 6th of July & 10th of August.

What will you get?

  1. Warm up – why making sound & movement is important for the brain, especially for people with dementia
  2. Ad hoc respond – how an Ad hoc respond can animate the thinking process and enable the person with dementia to respond quicker
  3. Imagination – imagination & creative thinking to eliminate fear of failure
  4. ‘Yes, and…’ – how you can strengthen your relationship with the person who has dementia – experience what it means to be ‘blocked’ by someone and how ‘Yes, and…’ actually helps you to communicate better and without fear of failure.
  5. Presents… go along with what is given to you… experience how easy it can be
  6. ‘Yes, and…’ go on a journey, create a story…

Furthermore, I will explain in detail why and how these games will help the person with Dementia as well as you as carer. Why your relationship can improve as well as how to apply these on a daily basis.

On the 21st of September, I will be hosting the first intense workshop, including the 6 points above, techniques of sacred clowning as well as more ‘Yes, and…’ exercises.

If you want to know more or would like to reserve a place please feel free to contact me.

In that sense, I am looking forward meeting you on one of the upcoming occasions.




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