Older people, dementia and neuro-dramatic-play: A personal and theoretical drama therapy perspective
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractThis conceptual article will consider Sue Jennings’ neuro-dramatic-play (NDP) as an overall theoretical framework for working with older people with dementia. NDP was developed over a number of years by pioneering UK drama therapist Sue Jennings. It is a culmination of attachment-based play, drama, movement and storytelling, and arts-based approaches that are used within drama therapy and other play and creative-based work with children. The author will consider from a personal and reflective perspective how NDP approaches can be adapted by drama therapists to work with older people with memory loss based on almost 30-years history of being involved in the field of drama therapy as a student and practioner, and his work with older people, at both the beginning of his career and his current reflections many years later.
CitationHolmwood, C. (2021), ‘Older people, dementia and neuro-dramatic-play: A personal and theoretical drama therapy perspective'. Drama Therapy Review, 7(1), pp. 61–75.
JournalDrama Therapy Review