|Well, the first thing you will notice watching Kiddleydivey, is that everyone is having loads of fun! What better way is there to get everyone involved and participating, relaxed and feeling safe, than by involving humour and laughter!
Kiddleydivey programme leaders are very used to and experienced in all aspects of dementia and special needs, so are not fazed by different types of behaviour, thus allowing them to involve everyone in their sessions as much as is possible and, understand their limitations.
The structure of the sessions increases brain activity and incorporates brain exercises that may help to delay some symptoms of dementia and keep the mind working better for longer. Every song and activity has been researched and trialled over long periods of time with many different groups to improve results and enjoyment.
Kiddleydivey use –
1. Acapella singing, clapping - using constantly changing rhythmic patterns and, drum circles that challenge the brain and keep everyone engaged and motivated for longer.
2. Physical activities (we incorporate chair based exercises in most of our sessions at whatever level is appropriate) which lead to improved mobility and strength, better sleep, preserved cognitive functioning, decreased depression and stronger feelings of self-efficacy and personal control.
3. Themes – to help spark interest, stimulation and conversations.
4. Visual stimulation and props that help people to engage with the group process and encourage movement and participation. We use, hats, pompoms, bubbles, hoops, feathers, bass drums, stress balls and parachutes, to name a few!
5. Memory teaser questions (if appropriate) to activate mind and memory using props and photographs to help with the answers! If questions are too challenging, the Kiddleydivey leader will adapt and use statements instead with the photographs to stimulate.
6. Different styles and genres of music. Obviously, we can’t please everyone all of the time, but the library of music and songs we use is huge and grows every day. Songs from the 1920’s up to present day hits for our younger clients, as well as big band numbers, jazz and classical music.
7. Adaptation. The songs and music Kiddleydivey use have been specially adapted and cut so that certain verses that are not well known are left out, long introductions are shortened, popular choruses are repeated, and the key and tempo of the songs are sometimes changed to reflect the singing abilities of the clients.
8. Professional instruments. The instruments that we encourage everyone to use are professional percussion instruments. We have different sizes and weights of instruments to suit ranges of abilities and strengths as well as instruments that can be Velcroed on, when holding an instrument isn’t possible.
9. Touch. A very basic need that is sometimes overlooked. Kiddleydivey leaders will hold or perhaps stroke people’s hands where appropriate to encourage engagement and participation and welcome people to the group.