Viewing Suggestions for Sharing Picture Books
Judi’s storytelling books are about familiar and homely activities and hobbies.
Just enjoy the pictures together.
If your loved one or client pauses and is engaged with an image ask the question, ‘Does this picture have a story?’, rather than a closed comment; for example, for the image above saying ‘The little girl is dancing’ may not encourage further comments.
You might be surprised at how much you can say without saying very much at all.
. Sit beside your care-recipient in a non-invasive position, express your interest & respond to care-recipient’s engagement.
. View the book with your care-recipient in a quiet area with no distracting noises or activities nearby.
· Make sure there are no bright lights or bright windows to the viewer’s side or in front, as these will be distracting.
. Make sure there are no shadows or reflecting lights falling on the pages.
· Provide focus by avoiding distracting patterns within the viewing area. If sitting at a table place a plain cloth (not bright, fluro or
white) over fabric patterns, clutter or other activity resources.
. Provide a plain covered pillow or cushion on your care-recipient’s lap to support their hands and the book.
. Check that care-recipients glasses are clean.
. Where possible allow your care-recipient control of turning the pages and pausing for engagement and reminiscence.
. Make a note of interesting stories or memories that your reader has talked about or images that attracted attention for future interaction.
. A sigh, nod, smile or other non-verbal expression may be considered as social interaction for some persons in care.
Before sharing our printed Picture Books with your person in care we suggest pressing the pages flat.
Start at the front cover and press open each page. When half way through the book flip it over and repeat pressing from the back cover to the centre.