Care recipient (cr) dominates social gatherings by speaking over others and not listening

Try: #make a ‘talking stick’ out by painting a lightweight stick decoratively the talking stick can be used to symbolically show whose turn it is to speak #take advantage of a family or friends gatherings to have a small ceremonial conversation perhaps a grace before a meal during which each person says what he or she is thankful for or a birthday wish ritual in which people take turns making wishes for the birthday person #use the talking stick as a tool to show whose turn it is to speak explain at the beginning of the ritual you can think of it as a game that the person holding the stick is the person whose turn it is to speak and only that person can speak until he or she passes the stick to someone else #if you fear the dominant cr won’t stop talking once the stick is in his or her hands you may want to set a time limit for all speakers at the beginning of the game ask one person present agree to watch a clock or watch and track each speaker speaker’s time #through this ritual the cr may experience listening to others and develop the skill of give and take in conversation

Materials: Stick paint paintbrush clock or watch

Categories: Behavior Challenging, Social, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Independence, Some Supervision, Vision, Good Vision, Hearing, Good Hearing, Verbal Communication, Good Verbal Comm, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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