Social-emotional skills


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Emotion and cognition are not two separed things!

Social-emotional skills refer to the ability to recognize emotions and to understand what the other person is thinking, which are his/her intentions and what he/she is feeling. Social and emotional skills are usually preserved in healthy aging and in dementia. So they become an important channel which can be used to evoke memories and improving weel-being.

This board game, available only in an itaian version may be used to train the ability to recognize emotion and telling tails in a socializing way.


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Emotion and cognition are not two separed things!

The emotional and cognitive abilities may not be similarly affected by dementia. Cognition deals with frontal lobes, while emotions deal with the limbic system. The relationship with these two aspects shapes how people behave and maintein relationships.

People living with dementia may sometimes have difficulty recognizing or controlling emotions in a context-appropriate way (this is especially typical of some forms of fronto-temporal dementia); this can lead to experiencing anxiety or enacting aggressive behaviours without a real threat. Although, usually compared to cognitive performance (e.g. memory, attention, etc), emotional processing is taken to be relatively preserved in healthy aging and in dementia. For example, people with dementia may not understand what is being talked about, but they can understand if the feeling is kind or harsh. Social and emotional skills become a preferred channel for communicating with people living with dementia, which can be used to evoke memories or slow the deterioration of cognitive abilities. In addition, the emotional channel can be stimulated to enhance the person's well-being, such as through a nice scent or listening to music that evokes pleasant memories. It is recommended that care in people with dementia be focused mainly on the stimulation of emotional function (such as sympathy and empathy), rather than only on the stimulation of cognitive function.​


1650616742169.pngIn this app you can train your ability to identify emotions and you can practice with them by choosing the correct behavior you might take if you were in the situation described. (Android)
Board tables
1650617720613.pngSmiley Games:the aim of this simple and fun game is to find smileys that express the same emotion. You can also practice naming the emotion out loud and associating it with situations. in which you have experienced it.
1650616530287.pngLa storia della famiglia emozioni: in this board game there are some cards depicting different emotions (joy, sadness, anger, disgust and fear) and others with fairy tales. Players must guess which story best represents the chosen emotion. This game stimulates socialization, emotional intelligence and the ability to communicate emotions. Only an italian version is available .
1650617783747.pngDixit: there are cards with pictures and stories; the aim is to make the players guess the theme chosen to describe the card. This game can be adapted to train the skills of emotional recognition and understand the intention of the others, placing as a new rule to choose a theme related to feelings and emotions.

No one knows better than you what time and level of game is perfect for you, so remember to stop before feeling tired or not have fun! It needs to be a moment of pleasure, where you work on your social-emotional skills while feeling good and comfortable.

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Ben-David, B. M., Gal-Rosenblum, S., van Lieshout, P. H., & Shakuf, V. (2019). Age-related differences in the perception of emotion in spoken language: The relative roles of prosody and semantics. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 62(4S), 1188-1202.
Fujii, M., Butler, J. P., & Sasaki, H. (2014). Emotional function in dementia patients. Psychogeriatrics : the official journal of the Japanese Psychogeriatric Society, 14(3), 202–209.
Nelis SM, Clare L, Martyr A, Markova I, Roth I, Woods RT, Whitaker CJ, Morris RG. Awareness of social and emotional functioning in people with early-stage dementia and implications for carers. Aging Ment Health. 2011 Nov;15(8):961-9. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2011.575350. Epub 2011 Jul 4. PMID: 21722021


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