Has anyone tried Doll Therapy?

Discussion in 'Researchers, students and professionals' started by erinsamson05, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. erinsamson05

    erinsamson05 Registered User

    Jan 5, 2016
    2
    Hello,

    I am researching Doll Therapy and dementia as part of my dissertation at university. I am looking for family members who have tried it with a loved one to tell me about their experience. I have seen a lot of lovely posts on Talking Point about success stories using Doll Therapy so I thought this might be a good place to find people who are willing to share their experiences, which could hopefully help others.

    If you have tried Doll Therapy using either an actual doll or just a cuddly toy and you would be willing to give up half an hour of your time for a Skype interview or something similar, please get in touch.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Erin :)
     
  2. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
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    Dundee
    Erin has permission to post about her research on TP.
     
  3. sophiecromer22

    sophiecromer22 Registered User

    Jun 9, 2016
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    Doll therapy research

    Hi Erin, I too am conducting research into doll therapy for my MSc Occupational Therapy.
    It would be great to talk to you further.
    Do you want to talk via email?
    Sophie
     
  4. erinsamson05

    erinsamson05 Registered User

    Jan 5, 2016
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    #4 erinsamson05, Jun 9, 2016
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 10, 2016
    Hi Sophie

    My dissertation is now handed in but if there is anything I can help you with: *email address removed please pm instead*. Best of luck!

    Erin
     
  5. Kevinl

    Kevinl Registered User

    Aug 24, 2013
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    Based on nothing other than 5 months, 2 hour visits a day to a secure assessment unit I'd say the dolls achieved nothing, then patient E came into the ward.
    When that happened, all hell broke lose, a Down's Syndrome lady who did have a doll had it taken away as Patient E perceived all doll as being her property and it di get nasty, I had to do a blocking tactic to stop patient E from getting to her and still have the bruises to prove it.
    No doubt they can work in a more residential environment but when possessions becomes an issue then they can be your worst nightmare.
    K
     
  6. AlsoConfused

    AlsoConfused Registered User

    Sep 17, 2010
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    Mum's DT works well. Mum needs to nurture, she didn't ever want to be the person looked after. She spends most of her time now talking to and cuddling her doll and the ape, teddy or whatever she has with her ... sometimes Dad and family members get a small share of Mum's attention :):(.
     

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