Most caregivers who use dolls when working with people with dementia claim that it helps relieve anxiety and brings joy to those who use them. The simple act of holding a doll can releive stress and for those who want to, changing it's clothes and bathing dolls can be an excellent way of encouraging communication.
Doll Therapy research is ongoing and studies are being carried out in UK
Using dolls to alter behavior in patients with dementia, Nursing Times VOL: 103, ISSUE: 5, PAGE NO: 36-37, (a British journal, which explains the funny spelling) summed it up like this:The results of the study provide support for the hypotheses that after the introduction of dolls, doll-users showed an increase in positive behaviour and a decrease in negative behaviour and incidents of aggression compared with before the dolls were introduced. These results support previous attitudinal studies, which have reported doll therapy to be an effective approach in reducing negative and challenging behaviours, and promoting more positive behaviours and mood.
Doll Therapy can also be used with people with Autism, Down Syndrome etc. It can help encourage communiction and interaction
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