Understanding Communication in Dementia

Course code HCS6198
15 Credits at Level 7

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at health and social care professionals, voluntary sector practitioners and those looking to develop an academic career focusing on dementia and dementia care. As communication is central in the effectiveness of many professional tasks being carried out with the person with dementia the module is highly relevant to a wide range of professionals working in dementia care.


Overview of content:

  • Overview of current research into communication difficulties associated with dementia
  • Evaluation of appropriate assessment tools and analysis of different forms of communication impairment in dementia
  • Examination of current approaches to intervention in communication difficulties in dementia

What is it about?

This module provides students with understanding of the communication difficulties associated with dementia, using a range of analytical perspectives including neuropsychological, psycholinguistic and socio-interactional frameworks. The relationship between cognition and communication will be included. Approaches to the analysis and assessment of the different forms of communication difficulty will be included. The module also focuses on current research into clinical intervention for people with this condition and those they communicate with, with an applied focus on strategies and tools for facilitation of communication.


How does it enhance practice?

Understanding the nature of communication in dementia is central both to understanding the everyday issues faced by the person with dementia and their caregivers and to professionals optimally interacting and working with the person with dementia. This module promotes an understanding of current research into the nature of communication in dementia and discusses the intervention methods used the management of the communication difficulties associated with dementia.


Mode of assessment

Module related knowledge will be assessed through completion of a 3000 word assignment.


Course Structure

Start date: tbc

Any entry requirements/pre-requisites

Applicants should have already successfully achieved a first degree or accrued 120 credits at level six (degree level); or be able to demonstrate their ability to study at this level.


Fees and funding for the module

Fee information

Fully funded places may be available for NHS employees in Yorkshire and Humber, and in East Midlands – please contact us for more information.


How to apply for the module

If you are interested in this module please contact the module co-ordinator, Prof. Ray Wilkinson (ray.wilkinson@sheffield.ac.uk), to express your interest.

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