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Dance of Interaction Manual

The Dance of Interaction: An Embodied Approach to Nonverbal Communication Training for Caregivers of People with Dementia

This manual is specifically designed for dance/movement therapists with experience in caring for individuals with dementia and to be used in conjunction with and in support of an intensive training program of the same name, The Dance of Interaction: An Embodied Approach to Nonverbal Communication Training for Caregivers of People with Dementia. Dance/movement therapists, psychologically oriented dancers, body-mind practitioners, and care providers with significant experience in both embodied practices and dementia, after undergoing this training, will be qualified to train others. Trainers may use the structures presented verbatim or adapt sequences and scripts to best suit the needs of trainers and trainees.

 
 

Dr. Heather Hill of Yarra Glen, Australia: 

“The revolutionary nature of this manual is that it brings to attention the embodied, relational nature of care, and offers some stepping stones towards changing the way we train for care.”
 

Dr. Michael Verde of Memory Bridge:

“Newman-Bluestein and Chang’s The Dance of Interaction advances the impelling idea that our relationships with people with dementia begin and end with our bodies’ ways of being with each other. The authors’ clearly communicated vision of intimacy through movement and non-verbal attunement makes this book more than just another how-to guide in the field of dementia care. It is, rather, a way-to-be-together guide. It is a perfectly timely book that animates hope, heralding a way by which life can move through our bodies to a place that dementia can never reach.”
 

Resources for Download...

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Quality of Life Movement Assessment

This document is a resource for you to assess the movement of people with dementia. 

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Octaband Activity Guide - English Version

So you bought your Octaband... download the Activity Guide below for ideas about how to use it!

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Octaband Activity Guide - Spanish Version

Hablas español? Download the Octaband Activity Guide in Spanish through the link below!