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Short course

Montessori Principles and Practice for Supporting People with Dementia

This two-day workshop focuses on using Montessori Methods for people with Dementia. Meaningful activity can lead to increased wellbeing.

Research has provided clear evidence of increased levels of engagement and participation in activities when Montessori approaches are implemented with persons with dementia. Participants in this workshop will learn about the principles of Montessori techniques, along with practical "hands-on" opportunities to apply the techniques and consider how this philosophy of care can be used within a care environment.

York campus or can be delivered for organisations offsite

  • Duration – Two-day study day
  • Facilitators - Fiona Fowler

Course Fees

Course information

By attending this course you will learn

Day 1 Learning Objectives

  • Gain understanding of the effects of dementia on the person
  • Forming a new perspective of dementia
  • Understand the principles of the Montessori method
  • Effectively apply those principles and practices within the workplace


Day 2 Learning Objectives

  • Apply Montessori principles within the caring setting
  • Create activities around Montessori principles
  • Assess the success of activities used
  • Utilise the relate motivate appreciate guidelines

This day is particularly suited to people working with people with dementia in either a hospital or community setting and with people at all stages of dementia.

Roles include: Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Nurses and Psychologists.

What difference will it make to my attendees?

You will learn how to apply these techniques to yourself, thus making you less vulnerable to non-useful thinking habits and behaviours.

Programme for course

Programme for Day 1

  • 9.30 Welcome and Introductions
  • 9.45 A new view of dementia-Cameron Camp
  • 10.00 Why is activity important?
  • 10.30 What is dementia? Applying memory- Cameron Camp’s experimental work in long term residential and day care settings
  • 11.00 Break
  • 11.15 The memory and how does it work? The importance of memory.
    • Skills, knowledge and the impact of dementia.
    • Cameron Camp’s understanding of the Montessori theory and method
  • 11.30 A preview of Montessori based Dementia programming-target activity
  • 12.30 Lunch break
  • 1.30 Camp’s Tool Box Understanding task breakdown in assessment
  • 2.00 Applying the method-adhering to the principles checklist
  • 2.30 Practical application of the method-group work
  • 3.00 Break
  • 3.15 Discussion of methods used and the practicalities of the approach
  • 4.00 Close of training


Programme for Day 2 

  • 9.30 Welcome back-making the most of everyday activities
  • 10.00 Relate Motivate Appreciate-A Montessori Resource
  • 11.00 Break
  • 11.15 Group activities and extensions
  • 12.00 Thinking about the environment
  • 12.30 Lunch break
  • 1.30 Challenges and application of the method
  • 2.30 Case Studies-thinking about the individual and preparing activities
  • 3.00 Break
  • 3.15 Presentation of case studies/Assessing the activity
  • 4.00 Close of training

Course leader biographies

Fiona Fowler has worked in care service provision of older people for over twenty years, twelve of those as an Inspector of Care. In 2006 she became a freelance trainer and consultant offering support and training in the area of dementia.

She was an Associate Consultant at the Dementia Services Development at Stirling University for three years. Fiona is also an accredited Trainer using Montessori techniques with people with dementia.

Fiona also worked as Consultant to a team that won a BAFTA in 2008 for films as part of the channel 4 Three Minute Wonder series. She has contributed to books and publications on the issues of training and supporting people with dementia.

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