Montessori Dementia Program Online Course

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Course Overview

The Montessori Dementia Program online course was developed and designed by Montessori and Dementia specialists to meet a growing need in the community. It provides an alternative approach to care providers who are supporting individuals living with early to mid-stage Dementia.

Participants will learn how the Montessori philosophy and practices can be adapted to enhance the quality of life of people living with Dementia. The Montessori approach focuses on maintaining the independence, cognitive abilities and communication skills of people living with Dementia for as long as possible while providing opportunities for purposeful engagement and community involvement.

A Dementia specialist will discuss the different types of Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and the typical symptoms that can be expected as Dementia progresses. A Montessori specialist will discuss the fundamental principles of the Montessori approach as adapted for Dementia care and will address the significance of key areas of the Montessori Method.

Course Participants

The Montessori Dementia Program has been designed to assist family members, Personal Support Workers, Health Care Providers and volunteers who are supporting individuals living with early to mid-stage Dementia in their homes, respite care, adult day centers, retirement and long-term care residences.

Course Format

We offer a self-directed course that allows participants to proceed through the course curriculum at their own pace, on their own timeline. The course is composed of four modules that consist of self-study course material, presentations, videos and short assignments. It will take approximately 12 to 15 hours to complete the course depending on individual schedules. Upon successful completion of all four modules, including required assignments, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Course Objectives

  • To provide care and support to individuals living with Dementia that will enhance the quality of life and sense of belonging in their community.
  • To understand the importance of establishing routines and roles, through repetition and practice, allowing a person living with Dementia the freedom to make their own choices.
  • To provide skills that will assist care providers in supporting a more purposeful, dignified, engaging and independent life.
  • To achieve purposeful engagement by providing opportunities and the option to choose enjoyable activities.
  • To emphasize the importance of socialization, community involvement and communication in enhancing ongoing mental health and well-being.

Learning Outcomes

  • To gain a knowledge of Dementia, its types, symptoms and stages.
  • To understand how the Montessori Method impacts the daily life of a person living with Dementia.
  • To learn how observation is used to better understand and meet the needs of a person living with Dementia.
  • To learn the importance of creating an environment that provides sustained life enrichment, engaging hands-on materials, a sense of belonging and community involvement.
  • To provide a person living with Dementia options and opportunities for activities in the areas of daily living, sensorial, cognitive, and creative.
  • To adopt an approach that facilitates a person living with Dementia in maintaining their abilities and level of independence for as long as possible.

Course Fee

The online course fee is a one time cost of $195.00. The fee can be paid online while registering.

** Please note that there is no assessment or final examination with the course **

Course Schedule

Module 1: Overview of Montessori and Dementia

  • Introduction to the Montessori Philosophy
  • What is Dementia?
  • Dementia and Preventative Measures
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Is there a Cure for Dementia?
  • Dementia Treatment

Module 2: Responsive Behaviours

  • Responsive Behaviours
  • Sundowning
  • Case Studies
  • Montessori and The Prepared Environment
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Types of Memory

Module 3 and 4: The Montessori Approach

  • Review from Module 1 and 2
  • The importance of  Observation
  • Cultural Activities
  • Sensorial Based Activities
  • Creative Pursuits
  • Cognitive Activities

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