Stop frame animation as a therapeutic communication tool.
Zoe Flynn and Bo Chapman of Salmagundi Films demonstrated the therapeutic benefits of stop frame animation and explained why it is an especially empowering activity for people with cognitive impairment. They presented several film clips made with people living with dementia.
Using simple software on laptops and personal objects as triggers for narrative, people with dementia can animate their memories 'to life'. It is not only a physical activity where new skills are acquired and developed, but also an intrinsically valuable form of creative expression, an affirmation of one's sense of self.
In their most recent project with Housing 21 Research and Development, staff training and family involvement was an intrinsic component. A comprehensive evaluation of the impact of Frames of Mind® revealed significant positive outcomes for all participants - residents, staff and family carers - in terms of communication, empowerment, well being, cognitive abilities, relationships and person-centred care.
Bo and Zoe invited discussion about other potential environments where Frames Of Mind® could be applied.