Ireland’s leading therapeutic
Sonas Sessions are carried out in an estimated two thirds of nursing homes nationwide. The sessions are led by staff who have completed Engaging Dementia’s accredited Sonas training.
There are now more than 450+ Sonas Licensed Practitioners in Ireland.
In an estimated 280 nursing homes nationwide.
Training is a requirement
for anyone delivering the
Emma Moorhead, Care Assistant, Bunclody Day Centre.
Do you have a relative in a nursing home and would like if they had the opportunity to participate in Sonas sessions?
Almost half of all nursing homes in Ireland are already implementing the Sonas Programme. Ask the Director of Nursing in the care centre in which your relative is living to find out if that nursing home is among them.
“It’s great to see the responses that the Sonas Group Session brings out – the fun and the laughter. It helps bring people together”
Margaret Clarke, Patient Assistant,
St John’s Community Hospital, Enniscorthy.
The Sonas Programme involves stimulation of all five senses, gentle exercise, relaxing music, singalongs and memory-focused exercises. Benefits for participants include improved mood, enhanced wellbeing and communication.
Sonas sessions are led by Sonas Licensed Practitioners (SLP) with groups or on a one to one basis. The basic structure of each of the group and individual sessions is pre-recorded on a CD, freeing the Sonas Licensed Practitioner (SLP) to focus on each participant.
The CDs are only available to those who have been certified as SLPs, having completed Engaging Dementia’s 3-day Sonas Course, and who keep their Sonas Licence updated with refresher training every two years.
Sonas Sessions are most often carried out in nursing homes and day centres. The sessions are designed to be enjoyed by residents who have significant communication difficulties and who are often unable to participate in general group activities.
The essential features of Sonas Group and Individual Sessions are:
- Stimulation of all five senses
- Focus on communication, quality engagement and relaxation
- Gentle chair-based exercises to maintain muscle tone
- Use of structure and repetition
- Focus on retained skills and abilities rather than deficits or disabilities
- Creation of a gentle, failure-free environment
- Evidence-based tools to evaluate the programme and measure impact over time
- Opportunity to individualise the programme to each individual, bringing in different objects to trigger memories and stimulate conversation and laughter
- Have joined a network of peers, all of whom are implementing the Sonas programme
- Be able to use moodle, an e-learning platform for SLPs that gives the user access to resources, tutors and an SLP forum